ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The House of Mercy says it is working to find shelter for dozens of people who were displaced after police say a man was stabbed to death there over the weekend.
The Rochester Police Department says it received multiple calls to the location for a report of a stabbing around 10:45 p.m. on Sunday. When they arrived, they say the scene was "chaotic."
Inside the House of Mercy, officers located 68-year-old Michael Nairy who they say had clearly died from multiple stab wounds. A second victim, a 20-year-old man, was also stabbed according to police. He was taken to URMC with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators say the suspect, 40-year-old Nathaniel Jeanpierre III, was taken into custody without incident at the scene. They say he used a large sheath-type knife to attack the victims while they were lying in their beds. The attack, police say, was unprovoked.
The RPD says Jeanpierre is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Rochester City Court on Tuesday.
Currently, the shelter is still an active crime scene, police say. Because of that, House of Mercy officials say they will be closed until further notice and they are working to find housing for 75 people.
In the statement released by the House of Mercy, officials said in part:
The House of Mercy says crisis and trauma counseling for its staff and volunteers is available through CCSI and the United Way.