An ongoing feud between two city teens led to the Monday afternoon slaying of 18-year-old Kemari Hodricks on a southwest Rochester street corner, according to Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard.
Sheppard said the teens knew each other, and that Monday’s shooting was the “violent result” of a minor slight, Sheppard said. He declined to say what the pair had argued about.
A new father to two infants, both about six months old, Hodricks told his family that he was trying to get his life on track for the sake of his children, said his father Marvin. Hodricks, also known by the surname Hodrick, was gunned down while standing at the corner of Hawley and Genesee streets just after 2 p.m.
An acquaintance, Dante H. Rankin, 18, of Newcomb Street, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with Hodricks’ death. Rankin, a student in the City School District’s New Beginnings program, pleaded not guilty in front of City Court Judge Melchor Castro.
Hodricks died Monday afternoon less than an hour after he was shot in the chest. His death marked the 36th homicide in the city in 2013.
A 19-year-old man will spend 23 years to life in prison for shooting and killing another teen in 2013.
Prosecutors say Dante Rankin was sentenced on Friday for killing 18-year-old Kemari Hodrick.