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Suspect arrested in murder of Schenectady man

Suspect arrested in murder of Schenectady man

A 24-year-old Albany man was charged Thursday night with allegedly shooting a Schenectady man whose

A 24-year-old city man was charged Thursday night with allegedly shooting a Schenectady man whose body was found inside an abandoned building on Broadway, police said.

Raysomon Jackson, of 253 Third St, was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Ruel Torak. An architect doing an inspection of the 810 Broadway building discovered Torak’s body on Feb. 21 and alerted police. Torak, 22, lived at 428 Duane Ave., Schenectady. He died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to an autopsy.

Jackson was arraigned in Albany City Criminal Court this morning and sent to Albany County Jail without bail.

Police spokesman Detective James Miller said detectives connected Jackson to the shooting through his vehicle.

Miller said police believe Jackson shot Torak inside the vehicle on Jan. 29, and then dumped his body inside the abandoned building. Authorities found the car on fire later that day on First Street. Firefighters put out the fire but have not determined whether it was accidental or deliberate.

Through the investigation, detectives learned Torak and Jackson knew each other and that the shooting was not random, Miller said. He said police have a motive for the shooting but are not releasing it.

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