Motive unknown in slaying of 'quiet, sweet' York City man

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

York City detectives don't yet know who shot and killed a York City man — or why.

Jose Angel Aponte's body was found along the 300 block of East Market Street, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Jose Aponte

York City Police and a White Rose Ambulance crew were called to the block about 11:35 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, where they found Aponte, the coroner's office said.

Ambulance workers tried to resuscitate him, but he died at the scene inside an ambulance, according to the coroner's office.

Aponte, 21, of the 1900 block of East Market Street, was shot several times, according to York City Police.

An autopsy is set for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Officers collected several spent shell casings at the scene, police said.

Capt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the York City detective bureau, said investigators worked through the night, examining the crime scene and canvassing the neighborhood for witnesses.

One person reported hearing gunfire but didn't see the shooting, police said.

Detectives don't know why Aponte was shot, according to Bankert, who said the victim wasn't someone with whom the York City Police Department was familiar.

Aponte might have been walking home from the house of a family member, Bankert said.

The captain said he's unsure how much time elapsed between when Aponte was shot and when he was discovered lying along East Market Street.

Aponte's sister, Bunny Aponte, has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral expenses. To donate, visit the page at

On the GoFundMe page, Bunny Aponte wrote that her brother was a quiet man but sweet to those who got to know him.

Police are seeking witnesses in the case, Bankert said.

Anyone with information is asked to call York City Police at 717-846-1234 or text "Yorktips" and your information to 847-411.

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