The 70-year-old victim of what's been called an unprovoked attack on Valley Drive in Syracuse has died of injuries sustained in the beating. Suspect 18-year-old Romeo Williams is in custody for the assault and Syracuse Police say they'll consult with Onondaga County District Attorneys to consider further charges.
Guns currently in possession of the Syracuse Police will now be headed for new lives – as high-end jewelry. The city announced a partnership today with a company called Liberty United, which melts down the metal from guns and turns the new alloys into bracelets, necklaces and rings. Money from selling the jewelry is directed back to gun-violence prevention programs in participating communities.
Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler announced during a press conference earlier today that 18 year old Romeo Williams is now in custody in connection with the attack that took place over the weekend in a 7-11 parking lot on Valley Drive. He said James Gifford, 70, was attacked from the front without evident provocation,
“Williams lunged at him, striking him in the face so violently that it knocked him to the ground rendering him unconscious.”
Mayor Stephanie Miner and Democratic Mayoral candidate Pat Hogan gathered with their respective campaign advisors and supporters as the primary results came in.
Hogan's fell behind in the race against incumbent Mayor Miner. In his speech after his defeat, he pointed out that only half the Democrats who voted in the primary support Miner, and acknowledged Alfonso Davis's efforts leading up to the primary election.