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Sodus community ponders what a year marked by violence means for their small town

As he watched a helicopter hover above his apple orchards last Monday, Mike Beckens knew something was wrong. Very wrong.

In the hours after an unknown male suspect fled after fatally shooting two people in the Village of Sodus, Beckens said he felt uneasy as police vehicles repeatedly sped past his farm just outside of the village. The state police helicopter floating overhead confirmed the intensity of the situation.

That scene, he said, has altered the calm, quiet town he calls home. Knowing that the suspect was still at large, Beckens said he felt uncomfortable coming to work early Tuesday morning.

“We were a little cautious at six o’clock in the morning, getting in the vehicles or into the barns,” Beckens said. “It makes you a little nervous, but we still have to work.”

A week later, police are still searching for the suspect, and the Sodus community is trying to move on, despite having no closure and no new information regarding the manhunt.

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