Guilderland community reflects on two-year anniversary of quadruple homicide

October 09, 2016 12:09 AM

GUILDERLAND -- “At the time it was believed that this house was specifically target,” said Marcel Lajoy.

Lajoy vividly remembers the family of four who lived a few doors down from him on Western Avenue before they were brutally murdered inside their home.

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“He talked to me and they were going in the back of the house and going to play in my backyard,” Lajoy said.

The murders of Jin Chen, his wife Hai Yan Li and their two young sons rocked the Guilderland community.

Two years ago to the day since the tragedy and Lajoy, a former criminal attorney, said fear no longer grips this community.

“A lot of people believe that the, it may have been, since they were Chinese, it may have been Chinese who did this and perhaps they are already back to China or other places,” Lajoy said.

Neighbors believe the house was recently sold because people started moving in few days ago.

For months a for sale sign stood outside of the Western Avenue home.

But a relative of the new occupants said they're settling in.

It’s another sign that things are getting back to normal.

“They came up here the FBI came up and inquired with all the neighbors but we couldn't tell them anything,” said neighbor, Marie Cavanaugh.  

Investigators have suspected the killings may be related to Chinese organized crime or human trafficking.

The case has stretched from the Capital Region to New York City and investigators even reached out to the Chinese government for help.

Recently the state police major crimes unit took over the case.

But no one has been arrested for the quadruple homicide.

Still, Marie Cavanaugh has lived in her home just a few doors down for 65 years and said the tragedy no longer overshadows the community the way it once did.

“I mean everything’s been nice,” Cavanaugh said. “We've been here a long time and it's a nice neighborhood and it was just a sad thing that happened,” she said.



Nia Hamm

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