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Survivors of slain Schenectady man hope reward will spur tips

Survivors of slain Schenectady man hope reward will spur tips

Roscoe Foster would have turned 40 on Saturday
Survivors of slain Schenectady man hope reward will spur tips
Amanda Patterson stands at Linden and Becker streets at 1 a.m. for a candle light vigil on Jan. 25.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

SCHENECTADY — Roscoe Foster was a leap year baby and would have turned 40 on Saturday.

But he was gunned down last January at the corner of Becker and Linden streets in the city’s Central State Street neighborhood in a slaying that remains unsolved.

Now his survivors hope a reward will entice people to come forward with new information.

Friends and family hope to raise $6,500 through a crowdfunding campaign, $5,000 of which would be allocated for the reward and the rest for a billboard. 

Foster, 38, was shot Jan. 25, 2019 in the city’s first fatal shooting in over a year.

A late-night vigil on the one-year anniversary of his death last month drew dozens of survivors, but sparked little in the way of new information, said Amanda Patterson, the mother of his youngest child.

The lack of progress can be frustrating, she said.

“No one wants to talk to give the information that the police need,” Patterson said. “We just don’t know what to do at this point except go out on our own.”

City police have said solving the case remains a top priority.

Chief Eric Clifford said an award would not complicate the ongoing investigation. 

“We have been asked in the past to coordinate them once the reward money is secured,” Clifford said.

To promote the campaign, Foster’s survivors will host a fundraiser on Saturday at Clinton’s Ditch at 112 South College St. from noon to 4 p.m.

The event will feature live music, catered food from Foster’s former employer, Armondo's Villa Tuscan Grill, and airbrushing from Absolute Airbrush Designs. 

Continuing to shine a light on the case is also part of the grieving process, Patterson said.

“We want to keep his memory alive and we want justice so bad.”

To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/justice-for-roscoe-foster.

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