Jalen Everett died Saturday from gunshots wounds to his upper torso.
Rochester City Interim Chief of Police La’ron Singletary held a press conference on Sunday calling for the community to allow police to handle the investigation.
“A lot of people are drawing comparisons from what occurred yesterday on Dewey Avenue to the incident that occurred in 2015. Like I said, until you hear it from us with regard to what the motive is, everything else is just pure speculation,” said Singletary.
In 2015, Everett was one of the three suspects in a mass shooting outside the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester. He was originally convicted, but that conviction was overturned. A second jury found him not guilty.
A vigil was held for him on Sunday, with balloons and candles covering the intersection near where he was shot.
There was a strong police presence at the vigil, to reduce the potential for more violence.
Police wanted to send a clear message: allow them to investigate the case.
“Those individuals who may want to take the law into their own hands, let the Rochester Police Department focus on the task at hand,” said Singletary.
The Rochester City Police Department is collecting surveillance footage and talking to witnesses as they continue to investigate Jalen Everett’s murder.
They ask the community to work with the police and allow them to bring the people responsible for this crime to justice.