KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Vincent "Jim" Cottone, the owner of Malone's Bar and Grill on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore, was found murdered in his home on Sunday.
Cottone lived a half block away from his bar and his murder has shocked the neighborhood. The 62-year-old's body was found Sunday morning by an employee who became concerned when Cottone didn't show up for a meeting.
Neighbor Eric Bakke said, "She came down and she was hysterical. She came down and called the police right away."
Kenmore Police say blunt force trauma was the apparent cause of death. Authorities believe this was not a random act and that Cottone likely knew his killer.
"It doesn't appear that robbery was a motive," Kenmore Police Chief Peter Breitnauer said.
Malone's Bar and Grill had become Cottone's life, according to his friend and business neighbor next door, Joe Carriero, of Marco's Italian Deli.
"Trying to build up a business. He was renovating the place. He kept doing improvements. One after another after another. Just trying to keep it going," Carriero said. "He had people from all over the neighborhood. He would go sit down with them while they were having a dinner, and make sure their dinners were nice."
Cottone had no immediate family of his own, just two dogs that would usually come up to the door when people came knocking. Sunday was different.
"The dogs were right next to him, staying right by him. From what I was told, they were right next to him, not moving. They were right by him," Bakke said.
Malone's remains closed. Its future is uncertain.
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