Death of Schenectady woman throws friends, pastor

Trauma to head determined to be cause of death

Monday, October 27, 2008
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Schenectady Police crime scene investigators walk out of the apartment at 402 Division St. on Sunday.
Photographer: Ana Zangroniz
Schenectady Police crime scene investigators walk out of the apartment at 402 Division St. on Sunday.

— The 56-year-old Guyanese woman found dead in her Division Street apartment Saturday afternoon died from blunt force trauma to the head, according to police.

The body of Jaiwanti Mangar was found about 2:45 p.m. in her first-floor apartment at 402 Division St. Police are investigating the incident as a homicide but there are no suspects, according to spokesman Officer Kevin Green.

“This is the last thing you would expect to happen,” Edwin Permaul, pastor of Christ Family Fellowship Church on Albany Street, said Sunday.

Christ Family Fellowship Church has a large Guyanese following. Permaul said Mangar’s youngest son Benjamin was recently married there.

Permaul called Mangar a “devoted Christian woman.” He said her family had lived on Long Island and moved to Schenectady about three years ago.

Permaul said Mangar lived in the house with her two sons. He said he heard that one of the men had taken his wife to school — she is taking college classes at the University at Albany, he said — and the other was at work when the incident happened.

Police have not confirmed that information and have not said who found Mangar’s body and notified police.

Permaul said he hasn’t seen Mangar’s husband recently. Neighbors said Mangar’s husband was in Guyana.

“I think he’s out of town,” Permaul said.

A next-door neighbor said the family was always quiet.

Police have not said whether Mangar’s husband is a suspect in the incident.

Neighbors expressed disbelief that something so violent could happen in the neighborhood, which is next to Ellis Hospital’s McClellan Campus near Central Park.

Erin Ryan, of 345 Division St., has three children under age 7. Ryan said she didn’t know Mangar and only learned of her death when police, firemen and emergency personnel flooded the neighborhood.

Ryan said the neighborhood is usually quiet.

“That’s why I moved here — to get away from all that,” Ryan said as she got her children ready to play outside Sunday morning.

This is the second time in less than two years that residents have dealt with violence in the neighborhood. In January 2007, neighbors watched as police investigated an afternoon home invasion and shooting at 421 Division St. that left one man dead and another with a hand injury.

Charles E. Little III pleaded guilty to two felony burglary charges in the incident, which left his partner, 21-year-old Aaron Peavy, dead, shot by Ralph Schulenberg, Jr., who lived at the home the two entered. Little suffered the gunshot wound to his hand.

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October 27, 2008
6:26 a.m.

People in this neighborhood claim they are "surprised"? Lets not also forget that within the last year a kid was shot and killed at the top of the hill on Becker between Division and Furman right in front of St Claires hospital.

I will remind these people that moved up from the NYC area. The crime rate ESPECIALLY in that neighborhood was almost NONE until the mass exodus from NYCity to the capital region. If you moved from one place to another to get away from the crime etc. and now that place has those problems... YOU just might be the problem

October 27, 2008
9:47 p.m.

Hey Paul_Schenectady I would like to remind you that these people that moved from the NYcity area to the capital region did wonders for this place. I would also like to remind you that the mayor of Schenectady went to the city and begged people to move to Schenectady! If it wasnt for these people you would have been living in a real hell hole! Regardless where you live there will be crime. Its just not right to point finger! You should thank them for helping this city flourish! A racist like you should not have any say in who lives where. This is a free country and people can live where they choose.

October 27, 2008
10:41 p.m.


Your comment is not only cruel and insensitive towards the family of Ms. Mangar, but it also demonstrates your ignorance. The decline of Schenectady is attributed to the mass exodus of people from Schenectady, not into Schenectady. A great majority of the people moving into Schenectady are in pursuit of the same dream that your ancestry pursued. That is the American dream that hard work, courage and determination would lead to a better life for themselves and their families. The crime in Schenectady is not attributed to most of the people moving here, but is attributed to the lack of opportunity, vision and the encouragement of business development from the political leaders of Schenectady. This lack of vision has led to the greatest decline of Schenectady, which occurred when GE moved many of their jobs out of Schenectady.

Instead of accusing many of the hardworking Guyanese people of Schenectady of the problems in the city, maybe you should join them in trying to create jobs and bring businesses to the area. You are a true example of those who can’t, find fault.

October 28, 2008
12:42 a.m.

It is sad to hear of such a tragedy in our community, my condolences to the Mangar family on thier loss. I am some what shocked by Paul_Schenectady's comments. First of all you should reread your original comment. You made a harsh comment on the new residence that moved here from NYC. Schenectady is not crime free, as a matter of fact it was never crime free. It doesn't matter where we live their are people in this world who live their life only to do harm to others. I can't believe how you sugar coated your words in the last comment you wrote either. You need to stop your negative thinking and try to do things to improve your neighborhood instead of insulting people in our community. The residence that moved here with in the past few years are from numerous nationalities not just Guyanaese, They all moved here and improved this city drastically within the last few years. You should thank them instead of insulting them.

October 28, 2008
2:28 a.m.
Katee says...

I also want to reprimand Paul of Schenectady. How ruthless and demeaning of you to say that! You are the reason why our country to this day in 2008 still has racist people. If any type of violence should be blamed, it should be on people like YOU. You PEOPLE can't GET that communities are diversing. You are NOT holier than thou with your race or class. Everyone who comes to the US is usually looking for more opportunities. Perhaps you should be thrown into the country of Guyana or some desolate country to live there and see what it is like. If you don't know about it, I suggest you keep quiet about things you don't know.

October 28, 2008
2:29 a.m.
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October 28, 2008
2:35 a.m.
Katee says...

I would like to point out that I didn't mean to offend the native country of Guyana...I wanted to make a point that based on what I've heard and know, it is a country filled with crimes that are hardly ever solved and the committers usually get away with it. That is far worse than what we are dealing with in Schenectady and Albany and Troy and all the local cities. Violence has increased yes, but is this a random act of violence or INTENTIONAL attack? That is what your job as the MEDIA is to find out....bring this case to a closure.

October 28, 2008
11:09 a.m.
Vexxed says...

Paul_Schenectady, it's people like you that makes me sick to my stomach. Typical, you think this is your world, that you own it. Wake up, your people stole it, it does not belong to you. It is because of you and your kind that there is violence in this world. Get your head out of your a** and go thank god that you don't know me and I don't know you because brotha, a comment like that would of put you in the hospital. The American Dream my A**, because of people like Paul, that dream has vanished, swiped from us. They stole that dream, just like they steal everything else. If your skin color is not white then you should not breathe. Dude, the anger I feel right now makes me wish I knew you. I try so hard to live my life without hate, but people like you, Paul_Schenectady, make it so hard.

October 28, 2008
4:29 p.m.
roxanne says...

my condolences to the Mangar family,
i wanted to address Paul's comment, which was uncalled for. I am from Guyana and i wanted to let you know it doesnt matter where you're from, color of my skin, what should matter is WHO YOU ARE. And you just prove to all of us who YOU ARE. "AS SELF CENTER A**", may be YOU are the problem, you should look at your own life, and re-evaluate the reason you're alive. "When you blame others, you give up your power to change", THIS IS FOR YOU "Do not confuse your vested interests with ethics. Do not identify the enemies of your privilege with the enemies of humanity. ~Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949"
With all this said, i encourage you to find peace and love with your self, because only after that you will find peace and love for others.

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