Two years after Leighton Ave. murders, victim's dad wants answers
Rochester, N.Y. - It's been two years since four people were found murdered inside a Rochester home on Leighton Avenue, and there still appear to be no answers.
January 10, 2016, marked two years since the horrific Leighton Avenue homicides. The family of one of the victims is not giving up hope that they'll get justice, even though it feels like it has been an eternity already.
"They took him away from me,” said Oland Jones. “It's tough, very tough."
He's talking about his then-28-year-old son, Michael Royal.
"I had the difficulty that I couldn't even bury my child because of what they did. I seen the body. I seen my son's body, but I didn't have the proper burial," he said.
Royal was one of four people found dead inside the attic of the home. Police say they were tied up hog-style, with duct tape over their mouths.
The home was set on fire, and firefighters discovered their bodies. Police have yet to find those responsible.
"It's an extremely frustrating investigation,” said Lt. Frank Umbrino of the Rochester Police Department. “I can tell you there's not a week that doesn't go by that we're not going through the records that we have, we're not going through the box trying to come up with something.”
They're looking for anything that could lead to an arrest and bring closure for the families.
“It just hits home,” Lt. Umbrino says. “The fact that there are four victims is terrible. We know that there are people out there who have information that can help us bring this case to a successful conclusion."
"I love him, my child,” Jones says. “He has a family that loves him. It's hard and it's tough to have your words like you want to, because...it's tough. It's very, very tough. It's something that I’m suffering and dealing with."
Jones says his faith that keeps him going.
"Yes, the pain hurts but I forgive because God loved the just as much as the unjust," he said.
While he forgives, he prays for justice.
"Please, if you know anything, heard anything, seen anything, please contact Rochester Police Department, because this is very serious,” Jones explains. “The murderers are still out there, and they need to be behind bars. Come forth. Be a man or woman. Come forth."
Lt. Umbrino says they still receive occasional tips. He says they have several theories of what happened, but nothing confirmed as of yet.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 423-9300.