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Police: Caroline St. murder suspect arrested in Washington

Robert Norry was arrested by state troopers in Washington. (Photo: RPD)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Rochester Police said an arrest has been made in the Caroline Street homicide case.

Robert Norry was arrested by State Troopers in Washington. He is accused of killing Kelly O'May on Caroline Street last week.

According to investigators, Norry was O'May's boyfriend and lived in the apartment with her.

Shortly after O'May's body was discovered by family members, Rochester Police investigators got in touch with the U.S. Marshals Task Force to locate Norry, due to indications that he may have fled the state.

Norry's vehicle was spotted in Idaho by State Police. Troopers in Washington were contacted and advised that Norry's vehicle could be headed in their direction.

Washington State Police located the vehicle and took Norry into custody without incident. Investigators with Rochester Police flew to Spokane, Washington and interviewed Norry, which led to an arrest warrant to charge him with second-degree murder.

Norry will be extradited back to Rochester as arrangements are finalized.

O'May's friends say they are still in disbelief that she was killed.

They said she was outgoing, talented and a strong advocate for women's rights.

O'May brought life to the stage as the emcee of Sirens and Stilettos Cabaret. Her troupe said, "Her very presence lit up every stage she set foot on."

Her friend and co-worker, Becky Sanita, said O'May often created stage set pieces and costumes.

“She was never not busy, between her girls troupe with her burlesque and between work and everything she did,” Sanita said.

Sanita worked with O'May at Ziebart, where she was a customer service manager. She said they became more than just co-workers over the years, remembering her as someone who was sweet and always smiling.

"She was always outspoken and just so happy; she’d do anything,” Sanita said.

13WHAM asked Sanita if she thought O'May's boyfriend, now a suspect, could do this.

"In my heart, yes. Do I know why someone would do it? No," she said.

O'May's father was too emotional for an interview. He told 13WHAM Norry and his daughter had an on-again, off-again relationship since high school.

"She never said anything," said Sanita. "If you ever talked to her about Rob, everything was fine. Everything was great."

Sanita said she spoke with O'May the day before her death.

She said the loss is difficult for all of her friends.

"It’s a huge hit - not just for me, but for everybody who knew her," Sanita said. "It was a big, not-expected loss.”

O'May's burlesque troupe is planning a memorial fundraiser for her July 1. More than 150 people have already signed up.

Calling hours for O'May will be held Tuesday, June 19 at Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral home in Avon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A prayer service will be held Wednesday, June 20 at St. Agnes Catholic Church at 10 a.m.

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