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Obituary for victim in Hornell group home murder has been released

A 65-year-old staff member at an Arc of Steuben home in Hornell has been charged with killing a 60-year-old male resident.

Police responded to a 911 call on Nov. 4 around 7:39 a.m. to the report of a male with a neck injury at 65 Elm Street.

The Arc of Steuben has released a statement regarding the murder of Jay Sprague, a 60-year-old resident at a Hornell facility.

Caretaker Alan Schultheis, 65, was arrested and charged for Sprague’s death.

The statement can be read below.

“The safety and well-being of the people we serve in this community is and continues to be, our utmost priority. All of us at The Arc of Steuben are shocked and saddened by yesterday’s occurrence. I assure you that we are cooperating fully with the authorities on this matter and will do whatever we can to ensure a thorough and effective investigation. Grief counselors are being mobilized to support our staff, families and the people that we serve, as our community continues to grieve and process yesterday’s difficult news.”

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