2008-03-28 / Community

Family Seeks Help In Solving Local's Murder

By Nicholas Briano

The family of a former Rockaway resident, who was fatally assaulted last month, is seeking help from Rockaway residents in tracking down the killers, some of whom they believe may be living in the Ocean Village houses.

Floyd Sanders, 28, was born in Brooklyn and later moved to Rockaway. He lived in an apartment at Ocean Village until two years ago when he moved to Hudson, NY.

Family members say that Sanders was assaulted inside an apartment rented by a friend, Kerry Crowdoto on February 16. Police state that when they arrived at the apartment, located at 449 State Street in Hudson, they found Sanders on the back porch bleeding severely from a head wound and lying in a pool of his own blood.

The victim was airlifted to Albany Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery. Although he was placed on life support immediately upon arriving at the hospital, and the operation seemed to give slight hope, he was pronounced dead on February 23.

Melissa Richards, Floyd's older sister, believes that her brother was set up that night and that his murderers could have connections to Rockaway.

"We believe somebody may know something that could help the investigation," she wrote in an Email to The Wave this week.

"Some of the people being investigated used to live in Ocean Village," she continued. "Some of those people still have ties there, and come to visit from time to time."

At the time of the actual assault police apprehended a suspect, Bruce D. Smith, who claims to have attacked Sanders that night because Sanders had previously molested two of his younger relatives.

Hudson police and Sanders' family believe however, that there were several men inside the apartment that night, all of whom fled the scene before authorities arrived.

Smith was held by police for a parole violation stemming from a previous undisclosed offense, but he has not been charged yet for Sanders' death, upstate law enforcement officials say.

Sanders' family thinks there isn't sufficient proof or documentation that he sexually abused any of Smith's relatives and that he was murdered for other reasons.

The family vows that Sanders' death will not be in vain. They have set up a website, floydsandersvoice.com, to aid in the investigation and inform people of what happened the night Floyd was killed.

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