Mother of slain Schenectady resident Ieasha Merritt to address media


SCHENECTADY – The mother of Ieasha Merritt, 34, slain and left in a parking lot 12 months ago, will speak about her daughter’s unsolved murder during a 10 a.m. news conference Friday — livestreaming on The Daily Gazette Facebook page — as police have asked for the public’s help solving the case.

Shanta Merritt will join authorities during the news conference about the shooting that left her daughter dead in a parking lot at Albany and Hamlin streets in the city’s Hamilton Hill neighborhood just before 6:30 a.m. July 5, 2020.

Investigators have worked tirelessly to identify the shooters, police said in a recent statement. Witnesses were interviewed, the shooter’s vehicle was identified, and leads have been followed.

Police have yet to provide details of the suspects’ car or investigative leads.

Police said Merritt was not the intended victim; she was caught in the line of fire as three masked gunmen emerged from a vehicle and began to shoot across the parking lot occupied by more than 10 people, police have said.

The gunmen fled, as did their intended targets, according to police. 

Five cars drove around Merritt, leaving her alone and critically wounded.

Minutes passed before someone stopped and called for help, and Merritt died several days later in a hospital.

“As we are now approaching the one-year anniversary of Ieasha’s death,” police said last month, “we are again asking for the public’s help. If anyone has information on this incident or was at the July 4th/5th party that occurred prior, please contact the Schenectady Police Department’s Tips Line at 518-788-6566.”

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