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Syracuse, N.Y. — Chariel Osorio stood in front of his Near West Side home with a smile on his face and a diploma in his hands.

It was a sunny June day, and Osorio had just graduated from Corcoran High School. The 17-year-old boy, still clad in his shiny maroon graduation cap and gown, posed for a photo — proudly showing off his new degree.

Six hours later, Osorio was shot in the head.

He had been attending “Rye Day,” a celebration and community birthday party. He died days later.

Osorio was one of the 31 people killed in homicides last year in Syracuse. That matches the number of homicides in 2016, the deadliest year in the city’s recorded history.

Related: Syracuse, alongside other Covid-stressed U.S. cities, saw alarming rise in murders in 2020

Osorio was the youngest victim, at 17. The oldest, Charles Peacock, was 45.

Five of the people killed were women. The other 26 victims were men.

And 25 of the 31 homicides were committed using guns.

The people whose lives were claimed by violence included a mother of 12, a Buffalo State college student and a pastor’s son. Here are the victims:

Ezequiel Ruiz was shot and killed on Jan. 21. He had just graduated from high school.

Jan. 21 around 11 p.m.

The case: Ruiz Olmeda was the first person killed in Syracuse in 2020, shot to death while sitting in a car parked near West Park Apartments on South Salina Street. The teenager was shot twice in the head — once in the front and once in the back. Benjamin T. Kemp, then 15, was charged with murdering Olmeda during an attempted robbery. The case against Kemp, who prosecutors said is part of the Bricktown gang, is pending.

The victim: Olmeda graduated from the Syracuse Institute of Technology in June 2019. During high school, he was a standout football player. Olmeda, playing as a defensive lineman, was named to the all-league second team in the Class B West division during his senior season at ITC. He’s survived by a host of loved ones, including his parents and siblings.

Ronald Russell

Ronald Russell was shot to death in the 600 block of West Onondaga Street.

March 19 around 5:40 p.m.

The case: Ronald Russell was shot to death in the 600 block of West Onondaga Street. Less than one week later, police charged Carlton Massey, then 39, with murdering Russell. Massey remains in the Onondaga County Justice Center, his case pending.

The victim: Russell loved to spend time with his children, according to his obituary, doing everything from camping and fishing to playing video games and throwing a football outside at dusk. He’s survived by six children, along with his partner and mother. “Everyone who knew Ron knew that he was a jokester and he liked to tell stories and make people laugh,” his family wrote in his obituary. “He was full of energy and life.”

Tim Dougall

Justin Dougall, 44, died after a fire was started in the car while he was inside, Syracuse police said.

April 21 around 1:50 a.m.

The case: Justin Dougall was burned alive inside an SUV parked outside a Herbert Street home. The Nissan Pathfinder was intentionally set on fire. Incapacitated by drugs and alcohol, Dougall could not save himself from the blaze, police said. Timothy Benack, then 50, was arrested about six weeks after the fire and charged with murdering Dougall. He’s being held in jail and is due back in court this month.

The victim: Dougall was a 1994 Henninger High School graduate. He is survived by two children who were teenagers at the time of his death. Dougall struggled with an addiction to alcohol, his girlfriend said, and was homeless on and off for about a decade. He was trying to get into a rehabilitation program at the time of his death. In good times, Dougall liked to play Scrabble with his father and read. Even on his bad days, he remained a kind friend. “He could always make you smile,” said John Tumino, of In My Father’s Kitchen, a Syracuse charity that helps the homeless.

May 3 around 11:31 a.m.

The case: Anthony Perry was repeatedly shot in the 200 block of Croly Street, in broad daylight, before noon. Quonta Q. Albert shot and killed Perry, police said. Another man, Kadeem K. Arrindell-Martin, served as the shooter’s getaway driver, police said. The case is pending. Arrindell-Martin remains in jail in lieu of $250,000 cash or a $500,000 bail bond. Albert is in jail without bail.

The victim: Perry was transported from the scene of the shooting by ambulance. He was pronounced dead at Upstate University Hospital. If you knew Perry and are interested in sharing his story and/or photograph with us, please email Samantha House at shouse@syracuse.com.

Arthur Bullock Jr.

Arthur Bullock Jr. died in a stabbing on May 23, 2020.

May 23 around 1:45 a.m.

The case: Arthur Bullock was stabbed in the leg near his hip while he was in the 300 block of West Onondaga Street, just outside of downtown Syracuse. He died shortly after at Upstate. The homicide remains unsolved.

The victim: Bullock, nicknamed “Art,” is not the first loved one his family has lost to violence. His father, Arthur Bullock, 54, was shot and killed in July 2013 while he tried to stop two friends from being robbed on the porch of his Fage Avenue home. Bullock Jr.’s two stints in prison, including one for racketeering while involved with the 110 gang, changed him, his little sister, Asia Evans, said. He took care of his mother, she said, and trained to work in construction so he could support his family. Bullock Jr. is survived by a daughter and a son. “I never said my brother was perfect,’’ his sister said. “But he was the best brother I could ask for.”

William Johnson

William Johnson was the other roommate who died in a double homicide May 27. Johnson, called “Truly” by his family and friends, was a Syracuse native.

Zantonious Wiley

At 27, Zantonious Wiley died in a double homicide, in which law enforcement has said he and his roommate killed one another.

May 27 around 9:40 a.m.

The case: William Johnson and Zantonious Wiley were roommates in a Hatch Street apartment, prosecutors said. The men — who had previously argued over how clean the apartment should be — got into an argument that turned into a deadly fight the morning on May 27, police said. Johnson and Wiley stabbed and killed each other, possibly using the same knife, officials said. When police arrived at the Hatch Street home, Wiley was dying in the street and Johnson was dead inside a stairwell.

The victims: Johnson, called “Truly” by his family and friends, was a Syracuse native. He’s survived by his two daughters, his mother and siblings. Wiley, of Syracuse, was memorialized at a funeral service held in Lake Wales, Florida, according to his obituary.

Corey Hober

Corey Hober, 35, of Tupper Lake, was shot and killed on Griffiths Street on May 27, police said.

May 27 around 1:40 a.m.

The case: Corey Hober was fatally shot inside the Griffiths Street complex. He had traveled from the Adirondacks to Syracuse to buy drugs, prosecutors said. Hober was in the hallway of a 110 Griffiths St. apartment building when Lazear Coker-Hawkins pointed a gun at him and demanded money, police said. The two men started to argue, police said, and Coker-Hawkins shot Hober in the head. Coker-Hawkins, 22, of Syracuse, has been charged with murdering Hober and robbing a second person. He remains in jail in lieu of $500,000 cash or a $1 million bail bond.

The victim: Hober lived in Tupper Lake at the time of his death. He’s survived by a young son, a relative said. He grew up in Kokomo, Indiana. He had suffered from a drug addiction since he was a teenager, his relative said. Hober was “someone’s baby; someone’s brother; a little autistic boy’s daddy,” the relative said.

Zach Holloway

Zach Holloway was killed early May 31 when someone fire at a vehicle he was in on the city’s Near West Side.

May 31 around 2:25 a.m.

The case: Zachary Holloway was killed when a gunman opened fire at the vehicle he was in on the city’s Near West Side, prosecutors said. Two people — Khalid A. Davis, 21, and his sister, Genell A. Davis, 26 — have been charged with murdering the teenager. Prosecutors said the sister was driving when the brother fired a gun at another vehicle on South Geddes Street. One in a spray of bullets hit Holloway in the head. Khalid Davis later tried to silence a witness, a 22-year-old woman, by shooting her in the head, prosecutors said. The woman suffered life-threatening injuries, but survived, officials said. The Davis siblings remain in jail in lieu of $1 million cash or a $2 million bail bond.

The victim: Holloway was a student at SUNY Buffalo State College, according to his obituary. He was a Syracuse native and graduated from the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central — where he had played basketball and football — in June 2018. He’s survived by his parents, siblings and other loved ones.

Tre'Jan Sales

Police said 20-year-old Tre’Jan Sales was shot in the head around 12:05 a.m. in the 100 block of Neutral Court on June 5, 2020.

June 5 around 12:05 a.m.

The case: Tre’Jan Sales was shot in the head on Neutral Court, a small street on the city’s North Side. He died at the scene. Edwin Sessoms, 37, has been charged with murdering Sales. Sessoms remains in jail in lieu of $400,000 cash or a $800,000 bail bond.

The victim: Sales’ family planned to create a scholarship fund in his honor for the Kirk Park Colts, a Pop Warner football team in Syracuse, according to his obituary. He’s survived by his parents, his 10 siblings and other loved ones. When he was a kid, Sales played baseball on the Syracuse Black Barons’ Little League baseball team, a photo from Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard’s archives shows. He and his teammates were asked a question: How are you brave and tough in your life? Sales, then 13, said: “To just fight through tough ways to survive anything in life. To have respect and courage.”

India Butler

India Butler was killed in one of four firearm-related incidents that happened in Syracuse over one night June 7, 2020.

June 7 around 12:51 a.m.

The case: India Butler was shot in her midsection while she was in the 300 block of Ellis Street. She died at Upstate. Her shooting was one of four firearm-related incidents in the city over one night. Butler’s homicide remains unsolved.

The victim: Butler lived in Syracuse and worked two jobs, according to her obituary: one at the Movie Tavern in Camillus and another at UPS. She’s survived by her parents, two sisters and three brothers. A funeral service for Butler was held remotely.

Rae-Kwon Chambers

Rae-Kwon Chambers was shot in the midsection and died of his injuries June 9 at Parkside Commons on the East Side.

June 9 around 10:30 p.m.

The case: Rae-Kwon Chambers was shot at Parkside Commons, an apartment complex on the East Side. He died at Upstate. Police are still searching for his accused murderer, Jamal Smith, 23, who they consider to be armed and dangerous. Police asked anyone with information about Smith to call (315) 442-5222.

The victim: Chambers, a Syracuse native, worked at Party Time, according to his obituary. He was a member of Eternal Hope Worship Church. Chambers is survived by a host of family members, including his parents and siblings.

Chennal Price-Green

Chennal Price-Green, 44, of Syracuse. She was fatally stabbed outside the Syracuse Community Health Center on June 10, 2020.

June 10 around 10:45 a.m

The case: An argument over social distancing at the Syracuse Community Health Center ended with Price-Green’s death, prosecutors said. Price-Green was at 819 S. Salina St. for an appointment, her family said, when she got into an argument with Fontasia M. Toran, 26, a pregnant woman who also had an appointment. Toran waited outside with her boyfriend and two sisters to confront Price-Green, officials said. The boyfriend, Julius D. Brown, stabbed Price-Green in the chest, police said. Price-Green later died at Upstate. Toran and Brown were both charged with murder. They are out on bail awaiting trial.

The victim: Price-Green was the mother of 12 children, her family said. She is survived by her kids, husband, grandchildren and other family members, according to her obituary. “Everyone knew her as a loving, sweet, kind, giving Chennal, Nelly,” said Price-Green’s niece, Kiaja Enoch. “She was the rock in our family; she held our family together.”

Chariel Osorio

Chariel Osorio poses with his high school diploma, only hours before he was shot while attending a party in Syracuse on June 20, 2020.

June 20 around 8:45 p.m.

The case: Chariel Osorio was one of the nine people shot June 20 at a community birthday party in a Near West Side park. He was shot in the head and died days later at Upstate. At least seven gunman opened fire into a crowd filled with hundreds celebrating Rye Day, a yearly community birthday bash, law enforcement said. The eight others wounded in the shooting survived their injuries. The shootout at Performance Park was planned, prosecutors said, and involved at least three gangs: 110, Bricktown and Pioneer Homes. Eight people were indicted for murder in connection to the mass shooting; Devar Williams, 21, is accused of firing the shot that killed Osorio.

The victim: Osorio graduated from Corcoran High School just six hours before he was fatally shot. He planned to move to Florida, his family said, and was weighing whether he wanted to go to college or join the Army. “He was trying to be better. He was trying to get out of Syracuse,” Osorio’s mother said at a vigil for her son. “He was trying to be a better man and they took that from him.”

July 18 around 9 p.m.

The case: Pedro Ayala-Clemente was fatally wounded July 18 in a double shooting on the city’s South Side. The shooting happened in the 300 block of Hudson Street. Ayala-Clemente was shot in the head, while a woman was shot in the leg. The homicide remains unsolved.

The victim: Ayala-Clemente was driven in a private vehicle to Upstate. On July 27, Syracuse police announced he had died. If you knew Ayala-Clemente and are interested in sharing his story and/or photograph with us, please email Samantha House at shouse@syracuse.com.

Draquan McDonald

Draquan McDonald, 24, was fatally shot on Park Street near Washington Square Park on the city’s North Side on July 26.

July 26 around 6:09 p.m.

The case: Draquan McDonald was one of two people shot the evening of July 26 in Washington Square Park. He was the first of three people killed that day in Syracuse. McDonald, who was shot in the back, died at Upstate. A 55-year-old woman shot in the leg survived, police said. McDonald’s homicide remains unsolved.

The victim: McDonald was nicknamed “Draskii,” according to his obituary. In the comments left in the digital guestbook below his obituary, friends and family members remembered McDonald’s contagious smile and the sound of his laugh. “I am so grateful I was able to call you my friend,” one person wrote.

July 26 around 11:08 p.m.

The case: The second homicide in a “brutal” weekend in Syracuse, Luis Ramos-Rodriguez was shot in his head and legs at on July 26 while he was on Oswego Street. He died at Upstate. Naquantea Bowman, 17, and Cashstro Nimmons, 16, were indicted in September and charged with murdering Ramos-Rodriguez.

The victim: Ramos-Rodriguez, of Puerto Rico, was visiting Syracuse at the time of his death, prosecutors said. If you knew Ramos-Rodriguez and are interested in sharing his story and/or photograph with us, please email Samantha House at shouse@syracuse.com.

Erskine Dodson Jr.

Erskine Dodson Jr., 42, of Syracuse, was shot and killed Sunday, July 26, 2020.

July 26 around 11:47 p.m.

The case: Erskine Dodson, the third person to die July 26, was shot in his midsection while on South Salina Street. He was dropped off at Upstate after the shooting and pronounced dead there. Tyquan Graham, 26, has been charged with murdering Dodson. Graham is also accused of two more shootings in the summer of 2020; One was fatal and the other left a man paralyzed from the waist down. Graham’s case is pending. He remains in jail without bail.

The victim: Dodson, a lifelong Syracusan, was a Nottingham High School graduate. His father helped found Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Syracuse in 1983. Dodson was a proud father of two — a daughter and a son. He worshipped at Central Baptist Church in Syracuse, said his pastor, and often brought his young son to the children’s program. He worked for Eaton’s Crouse-Hinds from about 2013 until his death, according to his pastor. Dodson loved vehicles and ran his own side business where he bought, repaired and sold cars, according to his obituary.

Miguel Quintero

Miguel Quintero was killed in a shooting July 30, 2020 on Neutral Court. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

July 30 around 4:30 p.m.

The case: Miguel Quintero was shot and killed around 4:30 p.m. July 30. He was pronounced dead at the scene on Neutral Court. It was the second fatal shooting on the one-block street in 2020. Zachary Marshall, 16, of Syracuse, has been charged with murdering Quintero. Another teenager, Nautica Harp, 19, of Syracuse, was charged with hindering prosecution.

The victim: Quintero lived in Syracuse at the time of his death. His middle name was Angel, according to his obituary.

Charles Peacock Jr.

Charles Peacock Jr. was killed Aug. 4 in Syracuse.

Aug. 4 around 1 p.m.

The case: Charles Peacock was shot in his midsection Aug. 4 on Wente Terrace. He later died at Upstate. Peacock was the second of two people killed by one man — Tyquan Graham, 26 — during a two-month-long shooting spree, police said. Graham shot and killed Erskine C. Dodson II on July 26, police said.

The victim: Peacock worked for Syracuse University, according to his obituary. The Syracuse native is survived by his daughter, mother and other loved ones.

Jimmia Chambers

Jimmia “Mia” Chambers was fatally shot on Aug. 23.

Aug. 23 around 2:40 a.m.

The case: Jimmia Chambers was shot in the stomach while she was in the 100 block of Josephine Street. She was pronounced dead at Upstate. Chambers’ homicide is unsolved.

The victim: Chambers, called “Mia,” is the third person her family has lost to gun violence in Syracuse. Her brother Johnny Chambers, 16, was fatally shot in February 2007 as he left a birthday party on Berger Avenue. Her cousin James Mike was shot to death in July 2018 in a parking lot on Furman Street. “For this to happen — for her to be murdered — we don’t understand why,” said Lonya Moore, Chambers’ cousin. “We are all in shock.” Before her death, Chambers had been raising a family member’s baby, her cousin said.

Evander Holyfield Jorge Gonzalez

Jorge Gonzalez poses for a photo with Evander Holyfield, retired boxing great. Posted to Jorge Gonzalez’s Facebook page on June 8, 2017.

Aug. 31 around 9:44 p.m

The case: Jorge Gonzalez was shot in his midsection while in the 200 block of Bradley Street. He was pronounced dead at Upstate. Gonzalez was one of two people wounded in the Skunk City shooting. A 26-year-old man was shot in the hip and leg, police said, but survived. No arrests have been made.

The victim: Gonzalez, survived by his mother and siblings, grew up on the city’s West Side. He was an avid collector of autographs and loved to get selfies with local and national legends. Gonzalez was considered an “autograph buddy” to other local sports memorabilia fans. He was a frequent presence at the Carrier Dome and Cooperstown’s Hall of Fame. Gonzalez spent years working for the Syracuse Chiefs baseball team and served as the team’s clubhouse manager in 2014.

Loved ones remember Shadetta Franklin

Shadetta Franklin, 29, of Syracuse, was fatally shot on Sept. 17, 2020, near Burt Street and Oakwood Avenue in Syracuse. Provided by familyProvided by family

Sept. 17 around 7:12 p.m.

The case: Shadetta Franklin was shot in the head near the Hub Liquor Store at Burt Street and Oakwood Avenue. Police found Franklin critically wounded in the street. She died two days later at Upstate. Anthony Sutton Jr., 22, of Syracuse, has been charged with murdering Franklin. He remains in jail in lieu of $500,000 cash or a $1 million bail bond.

The victim: Franklin, affectionally called “Detta,” grew up in Syracuse. Franklin is survived by her 12-year-old son, her 10-year-old stepdaughter and her fiancée. She’s also survived by her mother and siblings. She often shared photos on Facebook of her wearing matching outfits with her son.

Tyree Lawson

Tyree Lawson was fatally shot on a porch of 351 Oakwood Ave. on Sept. 19.Provided photo

Sept. 19 around 7:52 p.m.

The case: Tyree Lawson was on the porch of 351 Oakwood Ave. on Sept. 19 when a shooter walked up to the home and shot him, police and family members said. Lawson was taken to Upstate and pronounced dead. His homicide remains under investigation. No arrests have been made.

The victim: Lawson, a 10-year resident of Syracuse, was born and raised in Connecticut. He worked as a cook at Joe’s To-Go restaurant, according to his obituary. Lawson played football and ran track and field. He earned the nickname “Lightweight” for his speed and slim build, loved ones said in his obituary. Lawson was cooking dinner for a grieving family when he was killed, his family said. He had spent the evening at a family member’s home, making food and watching his younger cousins, his family said. His family believes Lawson’s killer mistook him for someone else. “That’s not the life he led,” said his sister-in-law Erica Kearse. “We can’t think of anyone who wanted to harm him.”

Stephen Phelps-Martans

Stephen Phelps-Martans was shot in his upper torso and left dying inside his Westcott Street apartment Oct. 23.

Oct. 23 around 2:40 p.m.

The case: Stephen Phelps-Martans was killed inside his Westcott Street home during a botched robbery, police said. He was the first of two men killed Oct. 23. Curtez McLauren, 17, and two unnamed suspects pointed a gun at Phelps-Martans and ordered him to turn over his marijuana, police said. When Phelps-Martans refused, McLauren shot him and fled, police said. Phelps-Martans later died at Upstate. McLauren has been charged with murdering Phelps-Martans. His case is pending.

The victim: Phelps-Martans, of Syracuse, was a talented drummer with a passion for art and music, according to his obituary. He’s survived by his sister, his fiancée and other loved ones. “Friends and family will miss his loving manner, spirited nature, and desire to protect the ones he loved,” his family wrote in his obituary.

Hakeem Phillips

Hakeem Phillips was the second son his family lost to violence in Syracuse. He was shot Oct. 23, 2020 at a large outdoor gathering near the Parkside Commons apartment complex.

Oct. 23 around 10 p.m.

The case: Hakeem Phillips was the second man killed Oct. 23. He was at a large outdoor gathering near the Parkside Commons apartment complex when he was shot, police said. He was rushed to Upstate and pronounced dead from the gunshot wound in his midsection. Charles L. Cox, of Syracuse, was arrested a few weeks later in Staten Island and charged with murdering Phillips. He is being held in jail without bail.

The victim: Phillips was the second child his parents have lost to gun violence. Phillips’ brother DaQuan Phillips was shot to death Oct. 24, 2003, in the 1800 block of East Fayette Street. He was 17 years old. The brothers were both killed near Parkside Commons. Hakeem Phillips had three children, two daughters and one son, according to his obituary. He worked as a welder for Crouse-Hinds.

Jerry Murray

Murray was fatally shot in his midsection Nov. 25 inside his home in the city’s Westcott neighborhood.

Nov. 25 around 8:15 p.m.

The case: Jerry Murray was shot in his midsection inside his home on Judson Street in the city’s Westcott neighborhood. He was rushed to Upstate, where he later died. Two days later, Michael A. Grant, 23, was arrested and charged with robbing and murdering Murray. The two men knew each other, Murray’s mother said. Grant is being held in jail without bail.

The victim: Murray was a 2016 graduate of Charles W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville. He grew up writing poetry, going to Grateful Dead concerts with his dad and taking electronics apart to figure out how they worked, according to his obituary. At the time of his death, Murray lived with his girlfriend and their French bulldog, Boss. Murray was the second child his parents had to bury. Murray’s little sister, Grace, drowned in a Cortland County pond in August 2007. She was 4 years old. Her protective big brother, then 10, was the first person to notice Grace was missing, according to Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard’s archives. Thirteen years later, Murray was killed.

Franchelli Almonte

Franchelli Almonte, 36, died Dec. 11 after being stabbed on Spring Street.

Dec. 11 around 6:15 p.m.

The case: Franchelli Almonte was stabbed in the neck trying to rescue a friend’s daughter from a boyfriend who wouldn’t let the girl leave, police said. Cody Windley, 17, was charged Dec. 19 with Almonte’s murder.

The victim: Friends described Almonte as protective, someone who would tell others to take care of themselves but never take her own advice. She is survived by two children, a 7-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son. Almonte came to Syracuse from Puerto Rico about 12 years ago. She most recently worked at Pace CNY, a senior care service. She had a passion for event planning, friends said.

Ptolemy Droz

Ptolemy Droz was killed when someone fired gun shots into a car he was inside on Dec. 21, police said.

Dec. 21 around 8:37 p.m.

The case: Droz was shot to death while driving in the 200 block of Hillview Avenue. After following Droz for a few blocks, Sharrief Powell, 23, pulled the rental car he was driving close to Droz’s car, police said. Unnamed shooters in the car then opened fire, police said — shooting Droz in the head. Police found him dead after his car crashed. Powell, charged with murder, is in jail without bail.

The victim: According to his obituary, the victim’s full name was Ptolemy-Angelus Pedro Droz. He attended Corcoran High School and loved to play basketball. Most of all, his loved ones said, he was devoted to his family. He is survived by two young sons, Noah, 3, and Angelus, 4 months, as well as his mother, siblings and grandmothers.

A'salic Parham

A’salic Parham was shot to death in Syracuse on Dec. 28. He was a native of Syracuse, according to his obituary.

Dec. 28 around 1:44 a.m.

The case: A’salic Parham died after he was shot in the chest. He called 911 and said he’d been shot, but didn’t know where he was, according to police dispatches. Investigators tracked his phone and found him critically wounded in the 200 block of Evaleen Avenue. Parham was rushed to Upstate, where he was pronounced dead. Police have not announced an arrest. Parham’s homicide remains under investigation.

The victim: Parham was a lifelong resident of the Syracuse area, according to his obituary. He is survived by a son, his parents, grandparents and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Dec. 31 around 10:45 a.m.

The case: Joel Saldana died after he was shot New Year’s Eve on the Bear Street bridge over Interstate 81. A 911 caller reported seeing someone fire a gun from a car at another car near that intersection, according to police scanner reports. A few minutes later, Saldana arrived at St. Joseph’s Hospital with a gunshot wound to his back, police said. He died later that day.

The victim: Saldana was very family-oriented, his obituary said. He is survived by his parents, 11 siblings and his fiancee, who was pregnant.

Reporters Chris Libonati, Catie O’Toole and Julie McMahon contributed to this article.

Do you have a story or photo of one of the victims you would like to share? Please reach out to Samantha House at shouse@syracuse.com.

Syracuse police have asked anyone with information about the homicide investigations to call (315) 442-5222.



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