Vigil Held for Jose Hernandez-Rossy

Hernandez-Rossy died after altercation with Buffalo Police on May 7

Mike Baggerman
May 11, 2017 - 10:22 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - A vigil was held Thursday night at Garfield and Tonawanda Streets in Buffalo for Jose Hernandez-Rossy, who died on May 7 after an altercation with Buffalo Police.

Hernandez-Rossy was shot by Buffalo Police Officer Justin Tedesco after Tedesco's partner, Officer Joseph Acquino, was allegedly shot by Hernandez-Rossy in the ear. However, Buffalo Police did not discover a gun at the scene of the incident, leading to arguments that no gun was present. Nelson Torre, the attorney representing the Hernandez-Rossy family, argued the deployment of an airbag resulted in the injuries to Acquino and not a gunshot.

The vigil was held at 7 p.m. and was attended by 150-200 people in support of Hernandez-Rossy.

"Nothing is being talked about what a good person he was," Melody Cercone, who attended the vigil, said. "They're trying to tarnish his name that shouldn't be tarnished. It needs to be known that he was possibly a victim. From what I've seen and what I've heard he's a victim."

During the vigil, one person had a medical emergency resulting in appearance by AMR and the Buffalo Fire Department. The female individual who had the emergency was taken away by ambulance with no update on her condition at this time.



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