Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that two 18-year-old males from Buffalo were arraigned on Monday morning before Youth Part Judge Brenda Freedman on an indictment. Both adolescent offenders have been charged with one count of Murder in the Second Degree (Class “A-I” felony) and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class “C” violent felony). 

It is alleged that on Saturday, August 12, 2023, at approximately 5:20 p.m., the adolescent offenders, while acting in concert with one another, intentionally shot the victim with an illegal gun. The crime occurred on the front porch of a residence on the 200 block of Shirley Avenue in the City of Buffalo. The victim, 21-year-old Quban Romell Najee Embry, died at the scene. 

Both adolescent offenders were 17-years-old at the time of the homicide. Our office will not be releasing their names due to their eligibility for youthful offender adjudication.

The adolescent offenders are scheduled to return before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case, a designated Youth Part judge, for further proceedings on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. Both were remanded to the custody of the Erie County Youth Services Center. 

DA Flynn commends Detective Chris Sterlace and the Buffalo Police Department for their work in this investigation.  

The case is being prosecuted by Chief Eugene T. Partridge, III of the Major Crimes Bureau.  

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.