A Schenectady man is due back in city court on Monday after being jailed without bail for allegedly killing a 17-year-old on Thursday night.
RaeQwan U. Stover, 19, will be held in Schenectady County Jail until his next court appearance, which is scheduled for Monday morning. Stover was arrested Saturday after police said he turned himself in for the fatal shooting of Medina Knowles, 17, who died after being shot in her apartment at 524 Schenectady St. around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Stover was charged with second-degree murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence for allegedly disposing of the weapon used to kill Knowles. He had been dating Knowles, police said.
Stover appeared in city court around 9:15 a.m. on Sunday in front of Judge Guido Loyola. Stover told the judge that he didn’t finish high school and had no source of income, saying that he was receiving financial help from his grandmother. He quietly responded or nodded his head in response to the judge’s questions.
One young woman sat in the courtroom during Stover’s appearance, then quickly left when it was finished.
Knowles was a student at Schenectady High School and had a 2-year-old son. Friends created multiple memorials in her memory in the neighborhood where she lived in the day after her death. Those who knew her said she was a quiet and sweet girl.
A GoFundMe page was created on Saturday to raise money for Knowles’ family, specifically to go toward funeral costs and to care for her son, according to the page. As of Sunday afternoon, the page had accumulated $465 in donations.
The teenager’s death marks the fourth homicide in the city of Schenectady this year.
Schenectady Street in particular has been marred by violence in the past. Three people were shot, one fatally, on the street between July and August 2015.
“People need to speak out [about the violence],” Judy Atchinson, executive director of the QUEST youth program, told the Gazette on Friday. “We can say, ‘Oh, it happens in other places, too.’ But it’s happening here now. How can we help?”
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