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A $10,000 reward has been posted for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved in September’s mass shooting in Rochester. The Rochester Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives announced the reward Thursday at the Public Safety Building. 

Counselors from the Rochester City School District and throughout the community will be on site at five City R-Centers from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday to offer counseling in response to the early morning mass shooting on Pennsylvania Avenue that killed 2 people and injured 14 others.

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Rochester Police are releasing more details about one of the worst mass shootings in the city’s history.

It happened early Saturday morning after a party outside a house in the 200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.  Two young people died at the scene, and 14 others were wounded.

The people who died have been identified as Jaquayla Young, who graduated last year from East High School, and Jarvis Alexander, who graduated last year from UPrep, a charter school in the city. Both were 19 years old.

A leader in Rochester’s Hispanic community says the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, feels different than other shootings.

Julio Saenz is director of communications and development for the Ibero-American Action League, a nonprofit that focuses on issues affecting the region’s Hispanic population. Saenz expressed concern that incidents where Hispanic-looking people are targeted could become a trend. 

After every mass school shooting, reports show an increase in calls and interest in homeschooling. The number of families choosing to homeschool has doubled since 1999, when Columbine happened. Today roughly 3.4% of American children are homeschooled. Are mass school shootings the reason for this increase? The data isn't clear, but some parents say they've made the switch because they have concerns about their children's safety.

We discuss the issue with our guests:

  • Rosa Marie, educator for Marvelous Mind Academy
  • Anna Hubbel, editor of the Webster Herald who was homeschooled
  • Scotty Ginett, LGBTQ community leader, and chief of strategic relationships at One Path Career Partners who was homeschooled
  • Elizabeth Broadbent, homeschooling mother