Deputies: Prior domestic calls to Henrietta home where man was killed
Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies say they are looking into previous calls to a home on Parkerhouse Road where a man is alleged to have been shot to death by his son Friday night.
Fabian Vazquez, 21, appeared in Henrietta Town Court around 1:30 a.m., according to deputies. He has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Dezerick Brooks, 48, of Rochester.
Deputies say Vazquez lived at the Parkerhouse Road residence. They said that there have been previous calls for service to the residence for domestic-related issues. They said they are looking into them as part of their investigation.
Sheriff's deputies were called to the home around 5:30 p.m. Friday for the report of a shooting. They say Vazquez admitted to them that he shot his father in the chest with a rifle.
Four relatives were inside the home at the time of the shooting and were interviewed by responding officers. Representatives from the Bivona Child Advocacy Center helped with the interviews.
At the scene Friday night, a relative of the victim spoke with 13WHAM's crews. Dedra Tazell said news of the shooting shocked her.
"My cousin's father, that's all that they were saying," she recalled. "They just shot him in the chest."
"We're all in shock," she added. "This is unbelievable."
Neighbors, too, were surprised by what happened.
"I'm just totally shocked. I just feel bad for her and her family," said Linda Anderson.
Investigators say deputies had been called to the Parkerhouse Road address in the past for domestic issues. The Sheriff's Office is said to be looking into those prior calls.
Sheriff Todd Baxter says this is an isolated incident, but says any crime such as Friday's is difficult, given the holiday season.
"This is the season of joy. You go down the street, and it's all lit up with Christmas lights," said Baxter. "This is a terrible thing to occur."
Vazquez was remanded to the Monroe County Jail without bail. His next court appearance is Dec. 13.