ALBANY COUNTY — Five-year-old Kenneth White was murdered almost a year ago, just a few weeks before he and his family were scheduled to receive presents, food, and clothing from the Albany County Sheriff’s Hilltown Christmas program.

GUILDERLAND — Police in Mississippi and Texas have been as stymied as police here in solving brutal murders of Chinese families.

The houses at 1848 and 1846 Western Avenue, where a family was murdered inside one year ago, are up for sale after being bought and renovated by three investors, including Flerida Santana Johnas.

Benjamin Rauf, the grandson of a Westerlo dairy farmer, is accused of murdering a classmate from the Temple University law school.

New York State Police public information officer Mark Cepiel said the investigation in the murder of a family of four last October was still ongoing and there was no new information. But, he said, all evidence had been removed from the house, and the owners were free to do as they pleased with it.

A medical examination performed after the 5-year-old was found dead and his sisters were taken into foster care showed the girls had bruising on their bodies, Judge Gerard Maney said in family court Tuesday.

When Albany County Court Judge Peter Lynch asked both sides whether they approved of video and audio being recorded by the press, James Milstein, Albany County’s public defender, objected.

In the wake of 5-year-old Kenneth White's murder, relatives are battling in court, unsuccessfully, to care for his two young sisters who remain in the county's custody.

Nine-hundred people gathered in front of the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Elementary School on Monday night for a candlelight vigil, memorializing kindergartner Kenneth White who was murdered last Thursday.

BERNE — At the darkest time of the year, nine hundred people stood shoulder to shoulder, holding candles and singing. Snow fell lightly Monday night, the flakes turning wet as they landed on faces and mittens and boots while the crowd stood in front of the elementary school at Berne.

They were there to mourn a little boy the vast majority of them did not know. Kindergartner Kenneth White was slain in his home last Thursday, police said, his body pitched over the snow bank across from the trailer where he lived with his twin sister and their younger sister. The 19-year-old daughter of their aunt and legal guardian stands accused of murder. Tiffany VanAlstyne, too, had once attended the school where the crowd gathered.


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