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Police following leads on Reed's death

Investigators probing the death of the Clymer schools superintendent said Wednesday they have received "numerous leads" but are still seeking help from the public in solving the homicide that has shocked this small rural Chautauqua County community.

"We're looking for any information," Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace told The Buffalo News.

Keith L. Reed Jr., 51, a father of three who became superintendent of the Clymer Central School District last year, was found dead Monday outside his Clymer home.
Authorities have said he was shot "multiple times."

Reed was last seen late Friday afternoon or evening, Gerace said. He was reported missing Sunday. Authorities have not pinpointed exactly when he died.

Gerace would not speculate on the motive for the shooting Wednesday.

But, he said, investigators have found "no reason to believe [Reed] had done anything improper or inappropriate" that could have led to the killing.

At least two Facebook pages have been started in his memory, both with hundreds of posts from mourners stunned by his passing.

"I will never forget when Mr. Reed came up to me when i was having a bad day & hugged me and said lets talk ... i left happy. Also remember him saying being here at this school is like heaven on earth," one girl wrote.

Reed started his career in education in 1984 as a teacher in the Horseheads Central School District, according to information provided to the funeral home handling his services. He became the intervention specialist at Horse-heads High School in 1995. He also worked as assistant principal at Campbell Savona Middle/High School and at Horseheads. In 2005, he became principal for Sherburne-Earlville Central School District in Sherburne. He came to the Clymer district in 2011.

According to the Utica Observer-Dispatch, Reed was in a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 2008.

Reed's loved ones were preparing for a viewing this evening at O'Rourke and O'Rourke Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca, where he grew up and where his parents still live. A candlelight ceremony also was scheduled at Sherburne-Earlville High at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

More viewings are scheduled for today.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday the United Congregational Methodist Church, 134 Broad St., Salamanca.