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Niagara Falls Homicide

Wheatfield, NY - On August 20th at 00:18 hours, The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received multiple 911 calls reporting a motor vehicle accident on Shawnee Road in the Town of Wheatfield.


Upon Deputies arrival, they located 3 victims whom were pedestrians in front of 6680 Shawnee Road in the Town of Wheatfield.  2 of the pedestrians, Melanie Aronow, age 18 of Amherst and Quience Harper, age 18 of Lockport, were pronounced dead at the scene.  A 3rd male victim Quincy Byrd, age 18 of Lockport was flown by Mercy Flight to ECMC with unknown injuries. He is listed in stable condition.


The Initial investigation determined that 4 individuals were walking northbound in the southbound lane of Shawnee road near the fog line. It also reveals that Carly Marrs, age 20, was driving south on Shawnee Road when she encountered several vehicles and pedestrians along the roadway for a nearby party.


The driver Carly Marrs was also transported to DeGraff Hospital for minor injuries. She was interviewed by investigators at the hospital and was cooperative.  

The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division and Accident Reconstruction team, along with the District Attorney’s Office continue to investigate the fatal crash.  

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