'IF THERE IS ANYBODY OUT THERE ...'

Slain student's parents appeal for clues as police release video

ROBERT GAVIN AND CAROL DEMARE STAFF WRITERS
Section: Main,  Page: A1

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008

ALBANY -- Fighting back tears, the Long Island parents of slain University at Albany student Richard Bailey on Monday asked anyone with "even the slightest information" about the case to come forward to police.


"If there is anybody out there who knows anything, that's my only plea, that somebody call," said the victim's father, Jim Bailey, a retired New York City police officer, joined by his wife, Lisa.


Surrounded by photos of their son at an emotional news conference in Albany police headquarters, the Nassau County couple addressed reporters for the first time, still incredulous their 22-year-old-son lost his life to a bullet on Oct. 20.


While police reported no new developed information, they released images of what appears to be a young man on a BMX bicycle traveling on Ontario Street, minutes after the shooting.


"It's been a month now,'' the father said. "There is good out there. Hopefully, somebody does come forward."


Jim Bailey said when he first heard the news, he thought he thought his son must have been some in sort of car accident, not the victim of a gunshot to the head.


"Shot?" he said, recalling the reaction. He later added, "We need to know why."


In his final hours, the sociology major from Wantagh watched a Monday night football game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots . He was at a local bar until halftime. then went to a friend's apartment to watch most of the 41-7 Patriots victory before heading home to Park Avenue. He was killed on South Lake Avenue near Yates Street about 11:20 p.m.


The young man aspired to join the NYPD. Instead, he became Albany's ninth murder victim of 2008.


"It's been a very, very trying time for my entire family," Jim Bailey said.


Lisa Bailey recalled her son "absolutely loved Albany," explaining how he and some friends decided to live in the same area of the city. She also recalled young man who was easy-going, athletic and popular.


As the teary-eyed mother spoke, she wore one pin with her son's photo, another stating, "Donate Life," a reference to her son's organs being used to save others.


The Baileys said they did not want people to forget about the case. Jim Bailey asked people to come forward if they recognize even the person's jacket or another article of clothing from the images released by police.


"Anybody who might have any information ... even the slightest information," he said.


The enhanced photos released by police were taken from a street surveillance cameras at 11:32 p.m.


They depict a male with dark hair, wearing a light colored jacket or rain poncho, possibly with a hood. The photos show him from the vantage point of heading both north and south on a small bike.


The south photo shows the front of the person and the north, the back.


Detective James Miller, police spokesman, said investigators "are looking to talk to" the bicyclist on the videotape. Witnesses have said they saw at least two men with bicycles near where Bailey was shot on South Lake Avenue.


Last Thursday, detectives said they were looking for the driver of a white Volvo that passed along South Lake Avenue and the Yates Street intersection on Oct. 20, about the time Bailey was shot.


Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call 462-8039.


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ALBANY -- Fighting tears, the parents of a slain UAlbany student Richard Bailey pleaded that anyone who might have "the slightest information" about the case to talk to police.


"It's been a very trying time for my entire family," Jim Bailey, a retired New York city police officer, said as he and his wife, Lisa, addressed reporters for the first time since the Oct. 20 killing of their 22-year-old son.


"If there is anybody out there who knows anything, that's my only plea, that somebody call," he said.


Pictures of the Long Island couple's son surrounded them as they spoke at Albany police headquarters this afternoon.


"It's been a month now,'' Bailey said, "there is good out there. Hopefully, somebody does come forward."


Meanwhile, police on Monday released photos of what appears to be a young man on a bicycle traveling on Ontario Street minutes after Bailey was shot on South Lake Avenue.


Lisa Bailey wore a pin showing that her son's organs were donated to help save other lives. She described an athletic son who loved Albany. She said she held no grudges against the city.


The father said when he first heard the news that his son was dead he thought it must have been an accident.


"Shot?" he said he remembered thinking incredulously when he learned how his easy-going son died.


Detective Jimmy Miller, police spokesman, said police "are looking to talk to" the bicyclist on the videotape. Witnesses have said they saw at least two men with bicycles near where Bailey was shot on South Lake Avenue.


The enhanced photos, taken from street cameras at 11:32 p.m., depict a male with dark hair, wearing a light colored jacket or rain poncho, possibly with a hood. The photos show him from the vantage point of heading both north and south on a small bike.


The south photo shows the front of the person and the north, the back.


Last Thursday, detectives said they were looking for the driver of a white Volvo that passed along South Lake Avenue and the intersection with Yates Street on Oct. 20, at about the time University at Albany student Richard Bailey was shot to death.


Bailey was a 22-year-old senior sociology major and aspiring New York City police officer from Wantagh.