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Shooting in Schenectady an apparent murder-suicide

Shooting in Schenectady an apparent murder-suicide

Police announced their formal determination on Friday.
Shooting in Schenectady an apparent murder-suicide
Schenectady firefighter/paramedics leave 401-403 Shannon Street when they learned two people were shot in an upstairs apartment Wednesday, November 2, 2016.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

A man shot and killed his girlfriend inside her Bellevue residence Wednesday night before turning the gun on himself, police said.

Police said Wayne Goodwin, 40, shot 39-year-old Desiree Pagan inside 401 Shannon St. multiple times Wednesday evening. He then shot and killed himself.

Police did not detail the nature of their relationship, but said the shooting was domestic in nature. Pagan’s family members described Goodwin as her boyfriend and the father of her 4-year-old daughter. They said Goodwin did not live there. Pagan also had a 15-year-old daughter.

Police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Dearing there doesn’t appear to be any domestic history between the two that rose to the level of police involvement. He said police had no calls citing the both of them.

Pagan’s brother John Smith of Saratoga Springs on Friday said family members were not aware of problems between the two, calling his sister a private person.

He also called his sister “a great individual.”

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“She was the mother of two wonderful little girls that are now motherless,” Smith said.

Smith said both girls were present in the house when the shooting happened.

“They’re surrounded by family,” he said of their current status. “They’re pretty well insulated.”

Police were called to the apartment at about 9:25 p.m. Wednesday for a report of shots fired. Police arrived and found both Pagan and Goodwin dead.

Police announced their formal determination Friday, citing their investigation and the autopsies.

Smith said his sister devoted her life to her family, mothering not only her children, but others as well.

When Smith’s wife passed away years ago, Pagan stepped in and helped him raise them, he said. She did the same for others.

“She’s going to be missed by a lot of people,” Smith said. “We have a very tight family and Desiree was the center of it. She kept everybody together.”

Services for Pagan are set for Monday evening at 7 at the Bond Funeral Home at Broadway and Guilderland Avenue in Schenectady. Visitation will begin at 5.

In her obituary, family described her as a woman “whose heart was larger than life” and asked that donations in Pagan’s name be made to their local domestic violence charity or shelter.

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