Three charged in slay­ings of two broth­ers

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Two men and a 17-year-old girl were charged with fa­tally shoot­ing two Cuban-born teenage broth­ers in what po­lice be­lieve was an at­tempted rob­bery set up by the girl, au­thor­i­ties said Thurs­day.

The two men and the girl were ar­rested Wed­nes­day and were charged with mur­der and at­tempted rob­bery, Syra­cuse po­lice Chief Frank Fowler said. They’re ac­cused of gun­ning down 17-year-old Daniel Diaz-Mor­rero and 19-year-old Is­mael Di­azMar­rero on Tues­day even­ing on the city’s west side.

The shoot­ings oc­curred dur­ing a rob­bery at­tempt set up when the 17-year-old girl, Shea­honni Davis, con­tacted the broth­ers and asked them to meet her. Po­lice said 19-yearold To­ri­ano New­son and 23-year-old Cur­tis L. Paige III tried ap­proached­whento rob they them. ar­rivedthe New­son broth­ers and opened fire, hit­ting both sib­lings, Fowler said. Is­mael Diaz-Mar­rero died at the scene, po­lice said. His brother died soon af­ter at a hos­pi­tal. Po­lice said the broth­ers had a slight ac­quain­tance with Davis. They were still try­ing to de­ter­mine why the broth­ers agreed to meet her. The Post-Stan­dard news­pa­per re­ported the broth­ers, their fa­ther and their younger sis­ter ar­rived in the United States from Cuba af­ter their mother died about five years ago.

The older brother was a sopho­more at Le Moyne Col­lege, in sub­ur­ban DeWitt. The younger brother was a se­nior at a Syra­cuse high school.

Scores of peo­ple, in­clud­ing some of the broth­ers’ teach­ers and pro­fes­sors, gath­ered Wed­nes­day for a memo­rial ser­vice in an au­di­to­rium at Le Moyne, a pri­vate Je­suit col­lege. Friends de­scribed the sib­lings as hard­work­ing and well-liked.

Le Moyne Dean Jim Joseph told the news­pa­per that Is­mael Diaz-Mar­rero was work­ing two jobs, in­clud­ing one at the col­lege, to put him­self through school.

“I walk by him, and that big smile, for­ever up­beat, that’s how I want him to be re­mem­bered,” Joseph said.

The three sus­pects were in po­lice cus­tody and couldn’t be reached for com­ment. It couldn’t be de­ter­mined if they had at­tor­neys who could com­ment on the charges for them.




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