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Community holds press conference after Utica's first homicide this year

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Community members are coming together to honor and remember the 35-year-old man who was brutally murdered in West Utica Monday.

Police are still investigating the circumstances leading to the death of Jermaine Stubbs, a father of seven, who was killed on the corner of Lenox Ave and Columbia Streets early Monday morning.

Local community leader Patrick Johnson is now leading what he is calling a grassroots effort to reach residents in the community and remind them of the tragedy that can arise from violence.

"You have to go into barbershops, you have to go into hotspots, and in areas that are vulnerable and more likely to be at risk," said Johnson.

"Sometimes we live in a culture of aggression and if we can, as community leaders, do our part to leave a message of hope, encouragement, and empowerment hopefully we can curb some of the violence that we continue to see," said Pastor Kevin Lewis of Greater Grace Church in Utica.

His goal is to rally the community and prevent an incident like this from happening in the future.

A memorial adorned with pictures, rosary beads, and mementos is set-up on the corner of Lenox Ave.

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