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East Amherst man, 26, found drowned in pool at home

A 26-year-old East Amherst man who drowned in his pool earlier this week was recalled as a popular stylist, a devoted uncle and the possessor of a wicked sense of humor.

Luke A. Marchese was found by his parents in the pool when they returned to their home on Meadow Spring Lane around 8 p.m. Monday, said Amherst Police Lt. Tom Ratzel.

They pulled him out of the pool and tried to resuscitate him. Emergency responders, including Getzville volunteer firefighters, took over after they arrived but Marchese was declared dead at the scene, Ratzel said.

A police report does not indicate the circumstances of how Marchese drowned in the pool or how long he had been in the pool before he was found.

An autopsy was conducted, said Assistant Police Chief Charles Cohen. The final cause of death won't be determined until toxicology results come back, he said.

"There's nothing to suggest foul play," Cohen said in an email, and all indications are it was an accidental drowing.

Marchese, who would have turned 27 next week, lived with his parents in East Amherst, police said.

His Facebook page said Marchese went to Williamsville North High School and worked as a stylist at Karma Salon & Spa on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo.

His older brother, Jesse, posted on the page that Luke Marchese was talented, creative and sharply witty.

"He was a loving uncle and pet owner. We shared many laughs together over the years," Jesse Marchese wrote.

In addition to his brother, he is survived by his parents, Charles J., the noted local attorney, and Patricia A.; a sister, Stephanie; a nephew, Maxwell; a niece, Ingrid; and his dog, Quinn, according to a death notice on Amigone Funeral Home's website.

"The family is heartbroken over this tragic accident and the loss of dear Luke, a bright and creative young soul," Jill Pawlik, Luke Marchese's cousin, said on behalf of the family in a statement to The Buffalo News. "Chuck, Patti, Stephanie and Jesse appreciate the outpouring of love and sympathy from their friends, relatives, neighbors and colleagues. They hope no family ever goes through a tragedy like this."

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

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