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Rome homicide victim recently released from state prison

By ANDREW DONOVAN

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Rome Police continue to investigate a homicide that took place early Sunday morning in the 100 block of East Bloomfield Street.

According to Rome Police Detective Commander Tim Bates, 20-year-old Jadreck Baker, of West Thomas Street in Rome, was killed around 3:05 a.m. when he went walking through the neighborhood.

Authorities say the victim was approached by at least two other people in the road. One of the other men then shot Baker multiple times and fled the scene in a southerly direction.

Police, fire and medical personnel arrived to find Baker lying in the roadway and was pronounced dead.

Detective Commander Bates said that no motive has yet been identified and no specific suspects are in question.

A make-shift memorial has been set up at the scene of the homicide with flowers and posters. Mourners and neighbors had been going to the site throughout the day Sunday.

State records indicate that Baker had a crime-filled past. According to the state Correctional Services, Baker was released from state prison as recently as February 2010. He was convicted of burglary and sent to the Clinton Correctional Facility in northern New York in November of 2006.

Records indicate that Baker was born in September of 1989, making him 16 years old at the time of imprisonment.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Rome Police Department at 315-339-7712 or 315-339-7715. Information can also be submitted anonymously through the police department's website.

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