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Teen in fatal Schenectady shooting remembered as sweet, quiet


Teen in fatal Schenectady shooting remembered as sweet, quiet

Police said Medina Knowles died in her 524 Schenectady St. home after being shot at around 11:30 p.m
Teen in fatal Schenectady shooting remembered as sweet, quiet
Fateima Reid, left, speaks with reporters about Medina Knowles, who was killed Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, inside the upstairs apartment at 524 Schenectady St., Schenectady. Friend Tikia Wright is center.

What Fateima Reid will remember most about her friend Medina Knowles is the time Reid got sick.

When she fell under the weather, Reid called Knowles, who came right over to do whatever she could, including taking care of Reid’s children.

“That’s the best memory,” Reid told reporters late Friday morning, hours after someone gunned down her friend inside the upstairs apartment at 524 Schenectady St. “I’m going to remember that forever.”

Friends and those who knew Knowles remembered her as a quiet mother who wanted the best for her 2-year-old son.

Knowles was enrolled at Schenectady High School, the school district confirmed, and the district has mobilized its crisis team, offering counseling and services to grieving students.

While those who knew her remembered her Friday, they also tried to make sense of her killing.

“I just can’t understand why somebody would do this to her,” Reid said. “She was quiet, didn’t bother nobody, and she wasn’t looking for trouble.”

Police worked through Friday to try and find Knowles’ killer, but they reported no arrests.

Up until about two years ago, Knowles attended the QUEST youth program, according to program executive director Judy Atchinson.

She recalled Knowles as a “very sweet and quiet girl.”

“She would bring her younger sisters and brother to ballet,” Atchinson said Friday. “They never used to miss ballet.”

Knowles participated in the Quest program until about age 15, Atchinson recalled.

“People need to speak out [about the violence],” Atchinson said. “We can say, ‘Oh, it happens in other places, too.’ But it’s happening here now. How can we help?

“One murder a year is one murder too much. I am tired of the old excuses.”

Reid and two others who knew Knowles visited her home late Friday morning to try and learn more about what happened.

They identified a stroller near the sidewalk as Knowles’. It was the one she used for her son.

Reid said Knowles focused on her son.

“She was trying to do better for him,” she said.

Reid said when she heard Knowles had been killed, she just broke down crying. She recalled Knowles as a good person who would help with anything.

“That was my baby, and I just can’t believe that she’s gone over nothing,” Reid said.

Gazette reporter Jeffrey Haff contributed to this article.

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