Former Oneida man killed in Las Vegas

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A former Oneida resident who moved to Las Vegas in 2006 was shot and killed in a Las Vegas park on April 1.

Chester "Chet" Cullen, 32, was shot in the Clark County Wetlands Park and died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Robert Williams, 27, was arrested in connection with the crime, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police say.

According to officials, it appears Williams burglarized a home and stole a gun, then shot Cullen with it when they encountered each other in the park, which features a visitors' center and walking paths.

Cullen was born Nov. 1, 1981, in Rome and was a graduate of Oneida High School. He attended Mohawk Valley Community College, Monroe Community College and University of Buffalo.

Survivors include his parents, Garry and Debra of Rome; a brother, Jeremiah “Bullfrog” Cullen of Rome; his maternal grandparents, William and Mary Sicilia Alessi of Verona; one aunt, Lucy DiToma of Clearmont, Florida;  two uncles, Robert and Ellen Alessi and their two daughters, Laura and Grace of Albany and Thomas Cullen of Westmoreland; and one great-aunt, Rose Burns of Gettysburg, Pa.  He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Chester and Joan Cullen, his uncle, William Alessi Jr. in 1987 and a great uncle, Butch Burns.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, with the Rev. Edmund Castronovo officiating. Burial will be in Verona Cemetery. There are no calling hours.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan., 66675 or the Rome YMCA Scholarship Fund, 301 West Bloomfield St., Rome, NY 13440.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Verona Fire Department following the burial. To leave a message of condolence, please visit

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