Victim in Falls homicide identified

Apr. 3—The victim of the city's first homicide of 2024 has been identified.

In a one-sentence release issued on Wednesday, Mayor Robert Restaino's office confirmed the identity of the victim of a homicide that happened on Sunday at an Orleans Avenue home as 32-year-old Tania Wilson of Niagara Falls.

Wilson's body was found by Falls police patrol officers who were dispatched to a home in the 2400 block of Orleans Avenue, at around 11 p.m. Sunday, for a report of a possible domestic violence incident. Police dispatchers told the responding officers that the 911 caller was a 12-year-old child and that there was "an unresponsive female" victim at the scene.

When officers arrived at the home, they found four children, ranging in age from early teens to toddlers there, along with Wilson's body. Investigators said Wilson suffered multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Falls detectives later arrested a suspect in the case, 32-year-old Keith William Hill of Buffalo, who was charged with second-degree murder.

Police said Hill pleaded not guilty to the charge during an arraignment Monday morning in Falls City Court.

Hill was ordered held without bail pending a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon. Police said he also pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree criminal contempt from a previous incident involving the victim.

Detectives said their investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact CID detectives at 716-286-4553 or the NFPD general information number at 716-286-4711.