Investigation continues into homicide on Utica's Lenox Ave


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica Police are still investigating a homicide that occurred early Monday morning, the city's first homicide of the year.

Police say the body of Jermaine Stubbs, 35, of Utica was found outside of a home at 605 Lenox Avenue. Police say they do not believe Stubbs lived in the home or even on the street.

On Monday afternoon, a few dozen family members and friends of the victim were gathered on Lenox Avenue, visibly upset. Stubbs was a student at Mohawk Valley Community College studying Culinary Arts.

Police say it happened just before 2 a.m. On Monday as a "shots fired" call and when they arrived, they found the body outside of the Lenox Avenue home.

It is still not known what led to the fatal shooting or who is responsible.

Police are asking anyone who was in the 600 block of Lenox Ave. to call them at (315) 223-3510.

Police say that in February 2010, Stubbs was arrested for allegedly having crack cocaine in his home.

To help students, MVCC is providing professional counseling staff through its Counseling Offices in Utica and Rome.

MVCC President Randall VanWagoner shared a statement with the MVCC community Monday following Stubbs death saying, "His death is tragic for family, students, faculty, and staff and the thoughts and condolences from everyone at Mohawk Valley Community College go out to all who are mourning at this difficult time."

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