Two young girls are grieving the brutal death of their father instead of looking forward to opening Christmas presents.
“They are having a hard time of it and are up and down,” said Nabresha Hicks as she stood near a memorial set up at the corner of Grand and Elm streets where her husband and father of girls ages 9 and 13 was gunned down on the street just before 9 a.m. Monday.
Sylvester Scott, 37, was Albany’s seventh homicide of the year. Not since 2009 have there been so many killings in the city.
One of the stray rounds missed a 4-year-old girl by inches in a basement apartment near the shooting, her father said.
ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Albany County District Attorney David Soares said two Albany men were found guilty of a December 2013 murder.
Kareem Murray, 33, and Russel Palmer, 48, were found guilty after a jury trial of one count of Murder in the Second Degree, one count of Conspiracy in the Second Degree, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree.
A long-term investigation found that on December 23, 2013, Murray and Palmer intentionally caused the death of 37-year-old Sylvester Scott of Albany by shooting him with a firearm, Soares said. The incident occurred outside 81 Grand St. in the city of Albany.
When Kareem Murray learned that a female friend was sexually assaulted, he did not wait for the justice system.
He teamed up with his uncle, fellow convicted felon Russell Palmer, and two days before Christmas in 2013 the two-man hit team exacted street justice on 37-year-old Sylvester “Soup” Scott, the man they believed was responsible for the attack.
They killed the wrong man.
On Monday, an Albany County judge sentenced both killers to 39 years to life in prison for Scott’s murder and for possessing felony weight cocaine found in a vehicle.