SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Schenectady Police Department is still investigating two unsolved homicides from 2014.
There have been six homicides since June 2014 in the city of Schenectady. Sergeant Matt Dearing said the investigations have weighed on his department.
“There’s more labor intensive work, more interviews, more investigative work that goes into those than some of your other ones,” he said.
Dearing said six homicide cases is six too many. He said it’s frustrating because homicides can make it hard to be proactive.
“You do your best, and you’re on patrol every day,” he said. “You try to be as visible as you can, but there are certain things that, unfortunately, unless you’re at the right place at the right time, it’s not something you would be able to prevent.”
However, in the last nine months, the Schenectady Police Department and the U.S. Marshall’s Office have teamed up to bring murder charges against seven people suspected in four of the six cases.
“It’s rewarding to see that these can be solved and be solved in a timely fashion,” Dearing said.
Dearing said one of the main reason his unit has been successful is the cooperation it has received from the community even though some have been reluctant to come forward.
“Obviously, if people are cooperative, it makes things a lot easier, and it can also speed up the process,” he said. “So that’s always encouraged because it really can’t hurt. Only helps the investigation.”
The two unsolved cases are the shooting death of Angel Carrion in June 2014 and the shooting death of Wayne Best in December 2014.
Anyone with information regarding the cases is urged to contact police.