Man arraigned for murder in apparent Rochester road rage shooting

Theotis Davis Jr., 28, was later arrested and charged with second-degree murder. (Photo: RPD)

The man accused of shooting another man dead after a dispute over driving on Sidney Street in Rochester was arraigned Monday morning.

The shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Rochester Police.

According to police, 26-year-old Willie Curry of Rochester was found at the scene with a gunshot wound in his torso. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say within an hour of the shooting, officers located and detained several people of interest.

Theotis Davis Jr., 28, was later arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Investigators said there was a fight over a driving dispute between Curry and Davis. Davis then shot Curry with a 9mm handgun, according to court documents.

Court paperwork states Davis waived his Miranda rights and admitted to the fight and to shooting Curry. Police also say the gun Davis used was not legally registered.

Davis was arraigned Monday morning in Rochester City Court. He was subsequently remanded to the Monroe County Jail with no bail.

Family and friends describe Curry as a family man, a hard worker who was focused on taking care of his two young children. Neighbors who didn’t even know Curry are trying to make sense of this shooting.

“This memorial is not supposed to be out here. No. I don’t know, it’s not supposed to be here, down there, and he’s not supposed to be on the front of a shirt right now,” a relative of Curry who did not want to be identified told 13WHAM.

“He got a lot of love,” Curry's cousin added. “There was like 300 people here yesterday. So he was a good guy. Nobody had anything negative to say about him.”

“It’s a very unfortunate tragedy. We certainly hate getting involved in cases like these,” said Assistant District Attorney Matthew Schwartz.

Monday, Curry’s family was grateful to neighbors for the support as they wait for answers.

“I respect them because they didn’t have to let us be in their yard. You know what I’m saying?” said a cousin of Curry.

A preliminary hearing for Davis is scheduled for April 27.

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