A Buffalo man has been charged with murdering his brother. Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced that the 24-year-old man was arraigned before Buffalo City Court Judge Kevin J. Keane on one count of Murder in the Second Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree.

Jerome A. Cole of Buffalo allegedly intentionally caused the death of his brother on July 11, 2022, at approximately 1:30 am. He allegedly shot his brother with an illegal gun on Thatcher Avenue in Buffalo. The victim, 35-year-old Marcus Cole, was transported by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center where he later died. The District Attorney has not given any reason or motive for the shooting.

Cole is due to return to court on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at 9:30 am for a felony hearing. He is being held without bail. He is facing a maximum of 25 years to life behind bars if he is convicted of the highest charge against him.

DA Flynn thanked the Buffalo Police Department Homicide Squad for investigating this incident. Assistant District Attorney Ashley M. Morgan of the Erie County Homicide Bureau is prosecuting the case.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

My thoughts are definitely with the family of these two men, not only did they lose a loved one, they may potentially lose another to prison.

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- Most Valuable Parents of Buffalo
- Buffalo Peacemakers
- Buffalo SNUG
- Stop the Violence Foundation

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