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Feds: 2 Homeless Men Used Stolen Gun to Kill Violinist

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    Feds: 2 Homeless Men Used Stolen Gun to Kill Violinist
    AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Mark Mulville
    From left: Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace, U.S. Attorney William Hochul and Holly Hubert of the FBI address members of the media in relation to the death of Mary Whitaker in Westfield, New York. Two men were arrested Aug. 22 in the fatal shooting of Whitaker during a robbery in her home, authorities said.

    Federal authorities say two homeless men used a stolen gun to kill a New York City orchestra violinist after gaining entry to her western New York summer home by telling her they had run out of gas.

    Court documents filed in Buffalo say Jonathan Conklin, 43, and Charles Sanford, 30, allegedly stole weapons from an apartment in the town of Sherman before fatally shooting Mary Whitaker at her home in nearby Westfield on Wednesday, local media report.

    The men stole her car and drove to Erie, Pennsylvania, where they were tracked down by the FBI, police say. Both men have been charged with stealing property and taking it across state lines, and carjacking.

    A grand jury will consider murder charges.

    Whitaker, of Manhattan, performed with the Westchester Philharmonic and spent summers with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

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