Updated 03/26/2012 07:01 PM
Questions surrounding Walden father's killing in Newburgh
A young father of three children was killed this weekend in Newburgh and police are still trying to understand why. Our Elaina Athans has the latest on their efforts.
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NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- "These things do not come easy and they’re not fast," said Newburgh Police Chief Michael Ferrara.
There are unanswered questions surrounding a father of three's death. Early Saturday morning, Tomas Almodovar was shot and killed in Newburgh. His death is the first homicide in the city this year.
The killing happened at the corner of City Terrance and Broadway. The police say detectives spend the weekend trying to understand why this man would be in that neighborhood in the wee hours of the morning.
"It’s another sad case. It’s an aggravated assault where someone had lost his life. He’s a 26-year-old male from out of town," said Ferrara.
Almodovar was a resident of Walden and lived at an apartment house with his family. According to his Facebook page, he spent Friday at work, had dinner and took his wife out to see a movie.
Almodovar was undergoing an apprenticeship shortly before his passing at AMD Electric in Vails Gate. He was working toward becoming an electrician. His boss tells us he was by all accounts a family man working hard to make a better life for those he loved.
"He was a very good worker. (He) showed up for work on time every day, the first to work overtime. Tried to better himself for his family," said AMD Electric President Anthony Defelice.
Defelice say there's a deep sadness within the company that they lost a young man with such promise.
"All the employees, everybody worked together. So we’re all pretty disappointed what happened. It’s a shame what happens," said Defelice.