Investigation continues into Canisius student’s death

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIVB)- Longtime friend of Christie Brooks, Latoya Williams said the mother of eight was all about family.

“We’re just as lost as everyone else. We can’t believe this is happening right now,” Williams said.

Shcok and dismay. Longtime friend of Christie Brooks, .

A tragic start to the holiday weekend, when Rochester police were called to the Brooks’ home on Wellington Avenue just after 7 Friday morning.

((“Family members found two persons deceased at that location. And several additional children in the house. At this time we have very little information but we are investigating it as a homicide.”))

Brooks and her daughter, 18-year-old Victoria, were shot and killed.

((“Whoever did it I just want them to come forward. They need to give themselves, turn themselves in.”))

Victoria had recently began studying at Canisius College in Buffalo. She was likely home in Rochester for Thanksgiving break.

A co-worker posted on Facebook “I met Victoria only a short time ago when she became a student worker in our office. She was one of the sweetest, kindest people I’ve ever met.”

A family friend says Victoria acted as a second mother figure in the family.

((“She was always there for her siblings. She worked, she was in college. Like she was doing everything she was supposed to. She was an honor role student. And she just loved life and loved her family.”))

Investigators say several children were in the home when Victoria and Christie were discovered.

((“Something didn’t go right.”))

The investigation is in it’s initial stages. In a statement, Canisius College officials say the community is “profoundly saddened by the deaths of freshman student Victoria Brooks and her mother, Christie Brooks.  We extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to their surviving family members and friends.  Grief counseling will be made available to all members of the Canisius College community this coming week.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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