“New York Post” Cites Aliza Spencer Killing in State Crime Story
The unsolved shooting death of a 12-year-old Binghamton girl is one of the cases the New York Post used to illustrate what it described as "violence across the Empire State."
The story appeared in the newspaper's Tuesday print editions under the headline: "Living in a 'State' of Fear."
According to the article: "It isn’t just the Big Apple that’s being hammered by violent crime thanks to bail reform — increased gunfire is riddling upstate cities, state figures show, with residents grieving the loss of slain loved ones and fearful to venture out on the streets after dark."
The story cited incidents in Binghamton, Syracuse, Rochester and Troy. It reported: "Fred Spencer was walking with his 12-year-old daughter, Aliza, and her older brother on April 21 when a single shot rang out and struck Aliza in the chest, killling her, less than 100 yards from the family's home in their normally peaceful East Side neighborhood."
The Post article quoted East Side resident Jim Mangan as saying "gun violence has increased, definitely." Mangan moved to Binghamton from The Bronx eight years ago.
Mangan told WNBF News he spoke with a Post reporter last Thursday. He said the reporter and a photographer were on Bigelow Street, knocking on doors as they sought comment from people who lived near the scene where Aliza was shot.
Mangan said they were "inquiring about the increased gun violence in Binghamton" and the fatal shooting of the sixth-grade girl. He said he told them that the police "are investigating it and we've never heard anything since."
Mangan said the reporter cited some statistics about gun violence from last year compared to what's happened so far this year.
Binghamton police have said the investigation into Aliza Spencer's death is continuing. Detectives won't say whether there are any suspects in the shooting.
People with information about the case may contact the city police detective division at (607) 772-7080.
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