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Father Still Searching for Answers in Son's Murder

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Rochester: Father Still Searching for Answers in Son's Murder
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Paul Vasconcellos Senior says he wants closure. More than two years after his son, Paul Jr., was gunned down outside his home on Post Avenue, the elder Vasconcellos says he's frustrated with the lack of cooperation from the public.

Residents say the area of Post Avenue where Paul Vasconcellos Junior lived is a quiet, peaceful neighborhood. They recall the night he was shot but declined to discuss the murder on camera.

Vasconcellos, who was also known as Paulie, was gunned down in front of his home. Police believe he was most likely the target of a robbery attempt by someone he didn't know.

Investigators say they have some leads in this case, but not enough information to charge anyone.

"We're really looking for someone to come forward. Just a little bit of information from someone can be enough to put us over the top to be able to make an arrest," said Investigator Tom Cassidy, Rochester Police Department.

Paul Vasconcellos Senior says he's disappointed that no one has come forward with that missing piece. He believes someone is sitting on important information.

"If you see something, you know, is terribly wrong, how can you live with yourself and keep it in yourself? I'm just praying that somebody if they seen something or heard something or know something about this to come forward and be brave. We need some people to do that."

Cassidy says anyone with information can remain anonymous. Police urge those who may know something, no matter how insignificant they believe it is, to call them.

"Something that someone thought might not be important or they just know a small part of what happened or they saw something or heard somebody talking about it or suspect somebody, that's the type of call we'd get to at least let us follow it from there and see where it might lead us," Cassidy said.

Vasconcellos Senior says he talks with Rochester police regularly. He's come here from his home in Massachusetts many times to put up posters and purchase billboards.

"We're thinking of doing that again. Some people say 'don't waste your money,' but it's not a waste of money. It's very, very important, I want to keep his memory alive. He lived there 20 years, he loved it up there, he loved the people," Vasconcellos said.

Paulie worked in Rochester as a home health aid and was heavily involved in his church. Paul Senior says he can't understand why nobody is willing to help when his son was devoted to helping others. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP