Village of Kenmore Reacts to Murder

May 20, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 5:48 PM EDT

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May 20, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 5:48 PM EDT

KENMORE (WKBW) The Village of Kenmore is known by many as a quaint and quiet place. Trees cover sidewalks of tight-knit blocks, and small stores sell jewelry and antiques.

Jan Stack walks her dog Buddy through the village everyday

"Great place for kids, the neighbors know each other by name. We wave when we see each other, stop and have our little chat across the fence when we see each other. It's just a great place to live, I wouldn't live anywhere else," she said.

Nicholas Speech has delivered mail here for over 20 years, and says his biggest fear is a dog getting loose.

"It's a great family neighborhood, it really is. A great place to raise a family," Speech added.

So in Kenmore, the word "murder" is not used very often, and crime scene tape is not a regular sight.

But Sunday morning, police found 62-year-old Vincent James Cottone inside his Landers Street home, dead from apparent blunt force trauma.

"You just don't expect it, you really don't expect anything like that in this village," Nicholas Speech said.

"Yeah it's shocking. It's shocking that people commit murder anyway, but yes in this area it is more shocking," Kenmore resident Erika Sobocinski said.

"I'd never think of that happening here. We get police run up and down the street but usually that's because we had an injury or an accident, nothing like that," Jan Stack added.

Police are investigating the homicide, and are still searching for a suspect. Eyewitness News spoke to Kenmore Police Chief Peter Breitnauer who assured residents that this small community remains a safe place to be.

"Their safety in the Village of Kenmore is as good as it can be anywhere else," the Police Chief said.

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