Police identify Diona McCall as Monday’s homicide victim

Family members gather at the scene of a homicide on Sierra Drive, August 21, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Family members gather at the scene of a homicide on Sierra Drive, August 21, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – The victim of Monday’s homicide on Sierra Drive has been identified by the Cheektowaga Police Department.

Assistant Chief of Police Jim Speyer says Diona McCall, 29, was found dead inside 33 Sierra Drive off Cedargrove Circle around 7:49 a.m. by her sister.  She died of an apparent gunshot wound.

Cheektowaga Police say that a person of interest came into police headquarters and spoke to detectives late Monday afternoon.  He was later released.

Family members arrived at the scene throughout Monday morning as they learned of the news. A man who is close to the family tells Cheektowaga Chronicle that the family thinks the victim’s ex-boyfriend was the shooter.

“He was supposedly riding back and forth most of the morning and eventually he got out of his car or truck or whatever he came in, and kicked that door in and went in there and shot that girl.”

The man says that the victim’s 4-year-old daughter was inside the house at the time. 

“They’re very, very upset as you can understand, and so are we.  This is sad, very sad,” said Assistant Chief Jim Speyer.

Police records show that detectives were following up on leads throughout the morning and later located a vehicle at an address in Buffalo’s Genesee-Fillmore neighborhood.  The vehicle was impounded and secured at police headquarters.

Family and friends go into prayer at the homicide scene on Sierra Drive, August 21, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Family and friends go into prayer at the homicide scene on Sierra Drive, August 21, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

Midday, the Erie County Medical Examiner, and two officials from the Erie County District Attorney’s Office joined in the investigation.

A group of around 50 people consisting of family and friends gathered at the scene.  Representatives from the Stop the Violence Coalition and Buffalo Peacemakers comforted the family while law enforcement worked.  

“I told them they need to go into prayer more than ever.  When people think about God it kind of eases them down a little bit,” said Murray Holman, Executive Director of the Stop the Violence Coalition.

The police investigation continues with the help of the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.