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Winter storm blamed for three deaths in Erie County

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Posted at 3:27 PM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 20:12:12-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — In a storm update on Thursday afternoon, Erie County officials confirmed three people have died as a result of the severe weather conditions in the county this week.

Amherst police and NFTA police are investigating the death of a well known homeless man whose body was found near a bus shelter on Main Street and Union Road on Thursday in the Village of Williamsville. The NFTA has identified that man as 69-year-old Lawrence "Larry" Bierl. According to detectives, police were called to the scene Wednesday night after someone saw Bierl in the shelter and called 911. Autopsy results are expected in the next few days. Tributes have been pouring in to the man who residents knew only as "Larry", but was a community regular at the Tim Hortons in the Walker Center Plaza on Main Street.

In addition, county leaders report one person from Tonawanda died while shoveling, and a person from Hamburg died while using a snowblower. Officials have not released the specific causes of death for the three people.

7 Eyewitness News will update this article with more information as it becomes available.