City Reeling After the Deaths of Morales, Boler

Rochester has some of the highest poverty rates among comparably sized metro areas, exacerbating issues with segregation in housing, education and employment.

Rochester has some of the highest poverty rates among comparably sized metro areas, exacerbating issues with segregation in housing, education and employment.

Rochester residents are reeling this morning after the deaths of local youth Larry Morales and WDKX personality Tony Boler, both of whom were beloved in the commutiy.

Morales, 22, was leaving a corner store when he was shot and killed on Glendale Park Monday night just after 9 p.m. According to the Democrat & Chronicle and 13-WHAM, an altercation took place, during which Morales was shot and was later pronounced dead at Rochester General Hospital.

“He just didn’t deserve something like this,” said Nailainis Rodriguez, a friend of Morales. “I know everyone says that but look online. There’s so much love for Larry and that’s not fake.”

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Morales is the city’s sixth homicide of the year.

Rochester residents were also shocked to learn of local radio personality and musician Tony Boler’s death. A pillar of the black music community locally and a key personality at WDKX, Boler died in his sleep Monday morning.

He was the co-host of Saturday morning’s “Memory Lane,” which many Rochester youth and young adults know as the music your mother blasts when it’s time to wake up and get to cleaning. He also led the “Quiet Storm” a late-night collection of old school and newer school R&B music. One of his trademark phrases? “Do you know where your children are?”

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Local musicians are already putting together a tribute but to see reactions to Boler’s death now, head over to his Facebook page. A number of local artists and musicians have taken to his page to share their tributes and work in his honor. Jimmie Highsmith, Jr. a local musician, has also discussed a larger-scale tribute in the near future.

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