Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Rochester Police are investigating after a man found dead at a group home Wednesday evening.
Poliec said around 5:30 p.m., they were called to an Ibero-American Action League group home on Avenue A near Conkey Avenue for the report of a man who was unconscious and not breathing.
A staff member at the group home called 911. Rochester firefighters and AMR workers also showed up to the house.
Luis Minllety, 24, was found by EMS workers and was determined to be dead. Minllety was a resident at the group home.
This home is a supported housing program for people with various developmental disabilities.
Patricia Cruz-Irving, Director of Development & Communications for Ibero-American Action League, issued an updated statement Friday morning in response to the investigation.
“It continues to be a very difficult time for staff as we try to come to terms with the death of Luis Minllety. Luis came to Ibero when he was 13-years-old and was considered family. As an agency that places a strong focus on creating a supportive and nurturing environment for everyone, this is a personal loss for us. We are providing grief counselors at this time while continuing to cooperate fully with investigators.”
Rochester Police are investigating the circumstances and cause of death, along with the Monroe County D.A.'s Office and the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office.
The New York Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs is also being brought in to help with this investigation.
All the involved staff members have been fully cooperative with the Rochester Police investigators.
Staff at the Mary Cariola Children's Center called the news of Minllety's death "heartbreaking." Minllety was a former student who graduated from the program in 2014. A spokesperson issued a statement:
Luis Minllety who spent nearly 11 years in our school program passed away last night. The news of his death came as an extreme shock to all who worked with him and continued to track his progress.
Teaching and caring for youth and young adults with complex disabilities and medical needs creates a wonderful bond and when sad events like this occur, the raw emotions and sense of loss can be overwhelming.
We know the time that Luis spent here was valued and rewarding for our staff whether working with him in the classroom or seeing his smile as he walked down the hall.
Mary Cariola will provide counseling to staff who need to share their feelings and thoughts, including the wonderful stories of Luis’ time here.