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Former New Hartford hockey star charged with girlfriend's murder at SUNY Brockport

By ANDREW DONOVAN

BROCKPORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - A female student, who is believed to be from New Hartford by several sources, was found dead overnight in her dorm room at SUNY Brockport, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.

New Hartford resident 21-year-old Clayton Whittemore was arraigned and charged with her murder.

The victim's identity has not been released but officials say the two were dating. Sheriffs say an identity will likely not be confirmed until Sunday, when the girl's parents can return from out of state and identify the body.

After the incident, Whittemore was found by police at a Thruway rest-stop in Dewitt. He is not a student of SUNY Brockport.

Campus Police said in a press conference that the student was brutally murdered and suffered upper body trauma.

University Police Chief Robert Kehoe said they received a call from the mother of the victim asking them to check on her daughter. Kehoe said the mother could not reach her daughter and was worried. Officers responded to the McLean Hall dorm room, where her body was found.

Whittemore attended New Hartford High School and was a star ice hockey player. He was named NEWSChannel 2's Athlete of the Week twice in the same season in 2010.

Whittemore helped the Spartans win back-to-back State Hockey Titles in 2009 and 2010. He was named Division II State Player of the Year in 2010.

Whittemore has a history with police. In January 2011, he was arrested in Florida for public intoxication.

University Police in Brockport say that nobody on campus is in danger and are confident this was an isolated incident.

College officials say a temporary parent hotline has been established to field questions and concerns from parents. That number is 585-734-3925.

NEWSChannel 2 has reached out to several officials in the New Hartford School District. Superintendent of Schools Robert Nole was unable to be reached Saturday.

New Hartford Varsity Hockey Coach John Cunningham, who coached Whittemore, had no comment.

New Hartford School Board Member Drew Ward, who also knows the families of both individuals involved, said, "It's a sad day for the New Hartford Community. Our prayers go out to the families involved and our thoughts are with their friends here in the community."

Whittemore is expected to be in court on October 4. NEWSChannel 2 and WKTV.com will provide information as it becomes available.

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