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Reward offered in New Year's Day homicide

Alvin "Duke" McDowell (Crime Stoppers Buffalo)

Crime Stoppers Buffalo and the Buffalo Police Department are offering up to a $2,500 reward for information about one of the city's three homicides from New Year's Day.

Alvin "Duke" McDowell, 25, of Buffalo, was shot in a vehicle on McNeeley Way at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 1. He died at the scene, police said.

The reward is for information that leads to an arrest or indictment. Crime Stoppers asks anyone with information to call 716-867-6161.

Police have made an arrest in one of the three homicides from New Year's Day. Shanna Mason, 30, was found shot in a house on Gold Street. Nadiyah Z. Whitaker, 31, of Cheektowaga, has been charged with second-degree murder. Prosecutors described the slaying as involving a "love triangle."

The fatal shooting of Xavier Wimes, 22, of Cheektowaga, on Byrd Way remains under investigation. Police had been looking at whether the shootings of McDowell and Wimes were related. McNeeley Way and Byrd Way are adjacent to each other, running between Jefferson Avenue and Hickory Street, just south of William Street.

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