Son charged with murder in connection with the ‘suspicious’ death on Holland Street

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Syracuse Police have arrested a man in connection with a “suspicious death” that occurred inside a home on Holland Street.

Police were called to 144 Holland Street just before noon on Thursday and found a woman dead inside.

Law enforcement responded to the home after her employers indicated she hadn’t shown up for work. 

The victim has been identified as 54-year-old Valerie Crowder.

A neighbor spoke with NewsChannel 9 on Thursday, saying the neighborhood is close, and that Valeries’s death has had a great impact on them.

One neighbor described Valerie as a “sweet, gentle, loving, compassionate woman, [who] cared about children, and she cared about her own.”

She was also a teacher’s assistant and long time employee at the Syracuse City School District.

“Mrs. Crowder was a long time employee of the Syracuse City School District.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this very difficult time,” the district said in a statement

Crowder’s son, 27-year-old Darrien Howard, was charged with second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. 

According to court documents, Howard stabbed Crowder several times, which resulted in her death. 

Howard was located and arrested in Endicott.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 13.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call  315-442-5222.

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