Police in Rochester, N.Y., called for calm Sunday after a man acquitted in a 2015 triple homicide was shot and killed Saturday night.
Jalen Everett, 24, was shot while riding in a car northwest of downtown Rochester at approximately 8 p.m., and doctors pronounced him dead at a nearby hospital later that evening. Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting and have not made any arrests as of Sunday evening.
Man acquitted in Rochester triple killing is shot dead
Rochester Police Chief La'Ron Singletary told reporters Sunday his officers had heard rumors of potential reprisals for Everett's death during the course of their investigation and urged residents to "let the Rochester Police Department focus on its job."
"We understand they are upset," Singletary said. "They have a right to be upset. Our job is to focus on the task at hand."
Everett was one of three men charged with connection with an Aug. 19, 2015 shooting, in which people in a car drove past a local Boys and Girls Club and opened fire on a crowd leaving a basketball game. Three people were killed and four others were wounded.
Jalen Everett was acquitted of taking part in a 2015 triple shooting outside a Boys and Girls Club in Rochester. (Rochester Police Department)
In November 2016, Everett was convicted of three counts of second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and one count of second-degree assault in connection with the shooting, but that verdict was overturned when one of the jurors testified that another juror had spoken of evidence that was not introduced at Everett's trial and made racist remarks around the other jurors.
Relatives and friends gathered to remember Everett at a vigil near the site of Saturday's shooting.
“No matter how people felt about Jalen, no matter what his past, that was still someone’s son,” a cousin, Camille McIntyre, told Spectrum News Rochester. “Nobody deserves to be snatched out like this.”
A second suspect in the 2015 shooting, Johnny Blackshell Jr., was convicted and is serving life in prison. The third, Matthew Matthis, was acquitted.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A man who was suspected but ultimately acquitted in a triple killing in Rochester was himself shot and killed, and police warned the public not to jump to conclusions or retaliation as investigators searched Sunday for suspects in his death.
Jalen Everett was shot around 8 p.m. Saturday while riding in a car on Dewey Avenue near Magee Avenue. The 24-year-old was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police havent determined a motive for the shooting, which came over two years after Everett was acquitted in his second trial stemming from the triple killing outside the Rochester Boys and Girls Club in 2015.
On Sunday, Police Chief LaRon Singletary warned about rumors of reprisals and implored the public not to let Everetts death spiral into more violence.
“A lot of people are drawing comparisons” between his killing and the 2015 shootings, Singletary said at a news conference. “Until you hear it from us in regards to what the motive is, everything else is just pure speculation.”
Meanwhile, relatives and friends gathered to remember Everett at a vigil near the site of the shooting.
“No matter how people felt about Jalen, no matter what his past, that was still someones son,” a cousin, Camille McIntyre, told Spectrum News Rochester. “Nobody deserves to be snatched out like this.”
Everett was one of three men charged after a burst of gunfire killed three people and wounded multiple others in a crowd leaving a basketball game at the Boys and Girls Club. Prosecutors said the shots came from a vehicle in which Everett and the other two suspects were riding.
Everett was convicted of murder at his first trial, but a judge overturned the verdict after allegations of juror misconduct surfaced.
One other suspect, Johnny Blackshell Jr., was convicted and is serving life in prison. The third, Matthew Matthis, was acquitted.