Friends remember Schenectady teen found with gunshot wound to the head

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A 17-year-old shot and killed in Schenectady is being remembered as a young mother, high school student, and a loving friend.

Judy Atchinson founded the program Quest in Schenectady.

“Caring, responsible,” were the characteristics she used to describe Medina Knowles.

Knowles was found with a gunshot wound to the head in her Schenectady Street home Thursday night. Atchinson said she received a phone call early Friday morning from a volunteer who informed her of Knowles’s death.

Atchinson said Knowles attended Quest. The program is dedicated to helping Schenectady’s youth. Atchinson said Knowles brought her younger siblings to the program but left when she was 15 and became pregnant with her now-2-year-old son.

Atchinson said Knowles spoke out against violence and showed support for women on social media.

“I don’t understand,” Atchinson said. “I’m tired of this.”

Atchinson is trying to change the atmosphere in relation to gun violence. She has her own opinion of what may have happened to Knowles.

“My first reaction was execution,” she said. “’Stay in your place woman and shut your mouth.’ I may be wrong, and I’ll be the first one to say I’m wrong if I am wrong, but that was my immediate reaction.”

Knowles was also a student at Schenectady High School. The district spokesperson sent the following statement:

We are sad to learn about the untimely and tragic passing of Schenectady High School student Medina Knowles. We have mobilized our crisis team, including counselors and social workers, who are immediately available to provide counseling and support service to our students.

“Somebody knows,” Atchinson said. “Transparency and then we find out. Transparency. Put it out there. Do not hide it.”

No arrests have been made in Knowles’s death. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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