Sodus community stays strong as double-homicide investigation continues

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Sodus, N.Y. – Many questions remain as the search for the suspect in a double-homicide in Sodus continued Tuesday.

A bouquet of flowers was placed on the sidewalk just beside the Sodus home where Joshua Niles and Amber Washburn were killed Monday.

Business owner Deborah Brown, like many others in the community with a heavy heart, decided to still come into work Tuesday.

“I thought, ‘I’m sure the authorities are around,’ and I felt safe, if you will,” she told 13WHAM.

Brown is also a teacher. She was in class when schools were placed on lock-out Monday as deputies investigated the shooting. Schools were closed Tuesday, but will be back open Wednesday.

“We did everything to keep the calm,” said Brown.

This has been a difficult year for Sodus, Mayor David Englert told 13WHAM. Six people have been lost to violence.

“We are strong and resilient, and have proven that time and time again, unfortunately, hoping someday we won’t have to be so strong,” said Englert.

“Sometimes, tragedy also opens your eyes up to be more aware of the people you love, and maybe hug them a little longer,” said Brown.

Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies are asking people to remain vigilant. If citizens see anything suspicious, they are asked to call 911. They say they will remain in the immediate area as long as necessary as they work to track down the suspect.

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