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Utica Police investigate city's fifth homicide of 2013

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Odum Shealey Jr., 21, of Brinkerhoff Avenue in Utica was shot and killed late Sunday night near the intersection of Conkling Avenue and Eagle Street.

It happened just before 11 p.m.

Police say Shealey was a lifelong Utica resident. Right now they're working with his family and friends to find out what happened.

Sgt. Steve Hauck said, "We've been working through the night trying to canvass the neighborhood."

So far police do not have a suspect in custody, or a motive in the shooting death.

"We've been speaking with the family," Hauck said, "They're heartbroken...it's going to take a lot of hard work, but hopefully we find the person responsible."

Police are asking anyone with information to call (315) 223-3510

It's the second shooting that happened over the weekend. The first shooting happened on Arthur and Neilson streets. In that case, a 17-year-old was shot in the arm and leg.

Utica Police say this is the city's fifth homicide, not counting the death of Levon Wameling, the baby who went missing, and whose body was found in the Mohawk River off Leland Ave.

Back in February, Petra Gonzalez was shot and killed by Jerry McNair before he turned the gun on himself.

In March, Allen Minor was killed at the Olbiston Apartment building.

Also in March, a Cambodian couple was found dead in their apartment. It was unclear who shot who.

Then, in July, Anthony Spratt, 44, was shot several times on Whitesboro Street and killed.

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