TOWN OF DICKINSON, NY (WIVT/WBGH) – Members of the SUNY Broome community are mourning the unsolved death of a former student.
19 year-old DeAndre Matthews went missing in his home city of Brooklyn on February 6th.
His body was found the next day on train tracks, badly burned with a gunshot wound to the head.
An autopsy showed that he had inhaled smoke prior to his death.
Matthews was a student at SUNY Broome during the Fall 2022 semester studying criminal justice.
According to WNBC, his family says he wanted to be a social worker.
They also say he was gay and that they believe his murder may have been a hate crime.
Fellow SUNY Broome students held a candlelight vigil last month to honor him and seek answers to who killed him.