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Update: Police identify 12-year-old boy shot to death in Rochester

James Brown
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This story was updated Tuesday afternoon.

Police are continuing their investigation into a shooting in the 200 block of Atkinson Street Monday night that killed a 12 year boy and wounded a 16-year old male.

Rochester Police have now identified the 12-year-old as Juan Lopez. He was a 7th grader at the Benjamin Franklin Educational Campus on Norton St.

And city leaders are calling on the community to speak up.

``I want people to tell me who killed this kid,” said a visibly upset Rochester Mayor Malik Evans who spoke about the shootings along with RPD Chief David Smith at a news conference on Tuesday morning.

Evans told reporters that the 12-year-old won’t be sitting at the table this Thanksgiving or celebrating Christmas with his family.

Evans said that “the streets talk” and someone knows why this child was out last night near Reynolds Street, and what happened there.

And he said that people can step up anonymously.

``You can call 911, you can call 428-7538. You can call 311. You can call 211. I don't care who you call, (and) you don't have to say your name.”

The 16-year-old victim, who has not been named yet, remains in stable condition at the hospital.

Smith said that teen suffered what he called "life-altering injuries."

RPD said the initial investigation shows the two youths were walking down the street when someone fired at them. The motive is not known.

Police say both victims live in the neighborhood.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or CrimeStoppers at 585-423-9300.

Rochester City School Interim Supt. Carmine Peluso issued this statement on Tuesday:

"Our District is in mourning again, and I am struggling to find words that articulate the anger I feel as our community loses another child to violence in our streets. With this senseless tragedy, classmates have lost a friend, parents have lost a child, and we have lost another beacon of hope for the future of our City. So much promise lost!

I am sickened by the violence and how it continues to plague us. We need the community to step up. If you know something, say something. As this tragedy has the power to affect all of us, we have the power to stop the killing of our children.

I extend my deepest condolences to Juan’s family. He was loving and kind; his classmates and teachers will never forget him."

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.
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