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Police: Homicide being investigated in Amsterdam

Police were on scene Thursday
The homicide scene in Amsterdam
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The homicide scene in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM — The Amsterdam Police Department is investigating the homicide of a 37-year-old man found dead Wednesday night at 17 Lefferts St.

Detective Joseph Spencer, the department’s public information officer, said police were alerted to the man’s death when his girlfriend called 911 at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night. 

Spencer said the victim lived at 17 Lefferts St., which is a two-family apartment building, but no one else lived there.

“I’m not confirming cause of death or any injuries sustained at this time,” Spencer said. “He had visible injury, upon arrival of the the Police Department, of the Fire Department. The determination was made that he was deceased upon arrival, and at that moment you switch from the first responder response — the Fire Department’s response of being medical personnel — to starting right then and there, your crime scene begins.” 

People identified by police as family and friends of the victim gathered in a group near the crime scene Wednesday.

Spencer said police will not release the man’s name until the family has had time to tell his other relatives. 

“The family is still notifying some of their family in other states, other cities, out-of-town, things like that. So, we’re going to give them all of the time that they need to make the personal identification,” he said. 

Spencer said the police do not believe there is any danger to the general public. He would not say if police have any suspects in the killing. 

“Of all the evidence we’ve observed and collected and analyzed, it has every marking of just being an isolated incident,” he said.

Spencer said he anticipates the Amsterdam Police Department will release the victim’s name Friday.  “That’s not promised, but I think that we will,” he said.  

 

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