Todd Hampson was killed in the Pennsylvania town where he attended college.
A former Canandaigua Academy student was shot and killed last weekend in Blairsville, Pa., where he attended Wyoming Technical Institute.
Pennsylvania State Police said Todd Hampson, 20, was shot early Saturday morning as he drove out of parking lot with a fellow student. Hampson died Sunday.
“He was a very good kid,” said Todd Hampson’s uncle, Raymond Hampson, who lives in Irondequoit. His nephew’s nickname was “Doc,” Raymond Hampson said, because “he cured your problems.”
His nephew was known as a counselor of sorts, Raymond Hampson said, who helped friends wrestling with problems that included drug addiction and family upheavals.
According to Pennsylvania State Police, at about 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Todd Hampson drove to a neighborhood in the Indiana County town with another student, Eric Walker, 26, of Blairsville.
They had planned to throw a brick through a window of another student, Jesus Garcia, troopers said. Walker and Todd Hampson had thought Garcia was responsible for burglaries in the area during the past week, Trooper John Fisanich said.
As Walker left the vehicle and walked toward Garcia’s apartment, Garcia appeared and approached Walker. Walker then ran back to the vehicle. As the two drove out of the parking lot, another student who lives in the neighborhood, Robert Beatty III, 22, of Silver Spring, Md., came out of his home with a 38-caliber pistol. Beatty allegedly fired a shot into the moving vehicle, hitting Hampson, Fisanich said.
Beatty has been charged with criminal homicide and is in the Indiana County Jail without bail. Beatty is due in court Nov. 27.
Andy Thomas, Canandaigua City School District spokesman, said the Canandaigua school district was preparing Monday to offer counseling or other services to students and staff as needed.
Todd Hampson had left Canandaigua Academy before graduation, and received a GED in April 2005 through the Victor Central School District, Thomas said.
Thomas said Todd Hampson was interested in learning a trade and pursuing a “hands-on” career.
Raymond Hampson said his nephew was from a close-knit family, and they were happy Todd Hampson was pursuing his passion — working on cars. His major at the school was body fabrication, Raymond Hampson said, and he had aspirations of working for a cousin at a body shop in Rochester.
The Pennsylvania State Police are continuing the investigation.
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