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Two people are dead in homicides in different parts of Rochester this weekend

James Brown/WXXI News

Rochester Police are investigating two homicides in different parts of the city that happened over the weekend.

The first one involved a shooting death late Saturday afternoon, when police got a call about someone who was shot on Kenwood Avenue on the southwest side of the city.

RPD says that officers responded to 231 Kenwood Ave. for a report of a person wearing a mask who broke into the apartment and was then shot by one of the occupants.

When police got there, they found a man in his 20s dead from a gunshot wound. Officers also learned that at least 3 to 4 gunshots were fired into the apartment by other people leaving the scene after the man after the man was shot.

Officers say when they got to that location on Kenwood Ave., the person who called 911, a man in his mid-40s, told the officers that a masked person broke into the house and he shot him with a shotgun. That gun was recovered by police as was a loaded handgun.

So far, no charges are being filed, and the case will eventually be turned over to the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office for review.

The other incident happened at about 2:00 a.m. on Sunday when police responded to a report of a shooting at a park behind the Thomas Ryan Recreation Center on Webster Avenue on the northeast side.

RPD says that when officers got there, they found a 16-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the face. He was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.

After checking the area further, in a field in the park, they found a 17-year-old youth who had been shot multiple times in the upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities say the preliminary investigation determined that the victims were hanging out in the park at the rec center with a group of several friends, and at some point, at least one suspect approached and shot the victims.

On Monday, RPD identified the 17-year-old who died as Cahj’miere Robinson of the city. The Interim Supt. of the Rochester City School District, Carmine Peluso, released a statement saying the he is “incredibly saddened to start the school year mourning the passing of our student Cahj’mere Robinson.”

Peluso says he was Robinson’s principal when he attended School 34. The district’s trauma, illness and grief team is at that school now to help students and staff.

Police say the motive for the shooting is not known at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911, the Major Crimes Unit at: 585-428-7157, Crime Stoppers at: 585-423-9300, or email:

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.