Teenage mother found dead with gunshot wound to the head in Schenectady

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SCHENECTADY, NY (NEWS10 ABC) – Police continue to investigate the shooting death of a teenaged mother in Schenectady.

The shooting took place around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. Police said 17-year-old Medina Knowles suffered a gunshot wound to the head. She was one month shy of turning 18.

Friends gathered near the Schenectady Street home Friday to pay their respects to Knowles. They said she was a quiet girl and a loving mother. They said they can’t imagine why someone would kill her.

A small memorial has been placed near the scene in her remembrance.

“She will forever live in my heart,” friend Fateima Reid said. “That was my girl. And I’m really hurt behind this.”

Reid came to Knowles’s home Friday morning in tears. She knew when she arrived her friend would not be around.

“As soon as I found out, I just had to come to see was this true because I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I just saw her.”

Knowles had promised to reach out to Reid after seeing her two days before.

“She told me she was going to hit me up on Facebook, and she never did,” Reid said.

Reid found out about Knowles’s death from her friend Tikia Wright.

“I used to see her all the time, ask her if she’s okay,” Wright said. “She said she had issues, so I just tried to make sure she was alright.”

A young mother, Knowles leaves behind a 2-year-old son named Jahsiy, according to friends.

Reid said she knew Knowles was having problems and just wanted to be there for her.

“She was just lashing out. I don’t know why,” she said. “She was going through her own emotional problems.”

Friday, Reid and Wright remembered their friend.

“She was just so quiet and nice,” Reid said. “She used to come stay at my house. She practically lived with me. I looked at her like a sister.”

“She would talk real low, so I couldn’t even image who would hurt her,” Wright said.

Police released few details about the criminal investigation.

“This is an open and active criminal investigation, and Schenectady police are doing everything they can to come to a resolution,” Schenectady Police Lt. Mark McCracken said.

Police were unwilling to comment on any leads but said no arrests have been made. Those who knew Knowles are left with unanswered questions.

“All she wanted to do was do right for that baby,” Reid said. “And for somebody to take her life, for what? What was it about? What did she do wrong for her to lose her life?”

People living on Schenectady Street aren’t strangers to crime like a shooting death.

“It’s sad because every time you turn around you hear on the news something is happening to somebody,” Wright said.

There are three other memorials on Schenectady Street alone, but Wright never thought it would happen to Knowles.

Police said they are reviewing any footage that could help them with the investigation. An autopsy is expected to be conducted Friday afternoon.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the T.I.P.S. line at (518) 788-6566.

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