New Rochelle Murder Victim Had 'Personal Differences' With Attackers

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Though no arrest have been made, New Rochelle murder victim Keita Speed is believed to have had "personal differences," with his assailants, according to police officials. Photo Credit: File

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Though no arrests have been made, New Rochelle murder victim Keita Speed is believed to have had "personal differences," with his assailants, according to police officials.

Captain Joseph Schaller of the NRPD told The Daily Voice, "We're still investigating the situation. We believe the suspect, or suspects, and the victim knew each other, and the conflict may have developed from personal differences between them."

Speed, 45 and a resident of New Rochelle, was found face down on the second floor landing of a building in the Hartley Houses complex on Friday, Jan. 10 at approximately 7:49 p.m. after police were called by a resident of the building, police officials said.

According to Schaller, he was bleeding from a wound in his left shoulder in the area of his neck.

After officers tried unsuccessfully to revive him, he was rushed to Montefiore Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:30 p.m. as a result of multiple stab wounds. 

Schaller said Speed was not believed to have lived in the building, but may have stayed with a relative or acquaintance there from time to time. 

According to a report by LoHud.com, Speed struggled with a crack cocaine addiction, which led to stints in prison for breaking into cars.

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Fifth Ave Guy:

When are they raising the Hartley Houses?

Or did Bramson decide to let them stand?

The plan that I always heard 15 years ago was to build townhouses (phase 1 is now complete) where the projects are. I beleive there are 6 buildings now and only 1 was supposed to stay. More townhouses were supposed to go where the 5 buildings currently stand.

Anyone know what the plan is now? Its a horrible, crime infested area of New Rochelle that I could do without.

CJAFHH:

If the NRPD don't know who did this, then how can they draw a conclusion that the victims had a personal beef with the assailants? Sounds like sloppy assumptions.

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