Prude Death Investigation

Deputies scour Erie Canal in Hamlin murders investigation, friends shocked by arrest

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Deputies spent much of Friday searching the Erie Canal as part of the investigation into the murder of two Brockport grads.

Friends of the victims, Alex Burrow and Bruce Kane, watched, saddened but hoping more light would be shed on why the two were killed by the accused, 18-year-old Mason Earle. Earle was charged with the crimes Thursday night.

The victims in the crime were found in a burned out vehicle behind a warehouse on King Street in Hamlin earlier this month. Deputies said both young men had been shot and the car had burned through before it was reported.

“I think there’s a little bit of closure, like, we know who did it,” says Abigail Slattery. “But I think Mason wouldn’t do that without a motive. He wouldn’t do it.”

Former Brockport High school classmate Slattery says Earle went to Brockport with her, Burrow and Kane. They say while Burrow and Kane were popular athletes, Earle wasn’t in their friend group and didn’t spend time with them or play the same sports.

Earle, according to deputies, wrestled in high school, while the two boys swam for the swim team. Friend and former classmate Koriena Torres says she knew Earle.

“I worked with Mason and I went to school with Mason and through my characterization with him, he was very sweet, very nice,” she says. “He was very willing to help other people.”

Slattery says it’s also hard to believe this even happened. And says she feels there’s more to the story.

As for the investigation, deputies say there may be more searches in coming days related to the investigation. It’s not clear exactly what deputies are looking for.

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