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Police: Schenectady woman's death ruled a homicide

Police: Schenectady woman's death ruled a homicide

Police responded Wednesday night
Police: Schenectady woman's death ruled a homicide
Schenectady Police Sgt. Matthew Dearing briefs reporters late Thursday morning
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

Update: Man charged with second-degree murder in Mont Pleasant homicide

SCHENECTADY - The death of a Maplewood Avenue resident has been ruled a homicide, police said Thursday afternoon.

Police cited preliminary autopsy results for their findings, and did not release a cause of death. 

Authorities identified the victim as Marian Singh, 35, who also went by the name Marian Loftis. 

Police on the scene Wednesday night. Photo by Peter Barber/Gazette Photographer

The investigation is ongoing, said city Police Department, who did not identify a suspect. 

Police responded to an address at 856 Maplewood Ave. just after 10 p.m. The initial call led dispatchers to send officers to an unknown trouble, police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Dearing said. 

Update: Man charged with second-degree murder in Mont Pleasant homicide

"It was tough to make out. There was some audible yelling," Dearing said. "They were having a hard time understanding what the person was trying to say."

Late Thursday morning's police briefing: 

Schenectady Police Sgt. Matthew Dearing briefs media on Maplewood Avenue death in Schenectady from Daily Gazette on Vimeo.

Upon arrival, officers encountered individuals who told them there was a woman upstairs who appeared to be deceased, Dearing said.

Paramedics arrived and pronounced the victim dead, Dearing said.

Neighbors reported Singh as a quiet woman who lived at the residence with a man and a child they believed to be their daughter.

The family largely kept to themselves on the close knit block, neighbors said, and none interviewed on Thursday ever recalled seeing any suspicious or questionable activity at the house.

"They were always private, but I always saw them going in and out," Tina Motin said. "They looked happy."  

Rohani and Lakeram Ramsunder were asleep Wednesday night when they said they were awakened by a girl screaming for her mom and dad.

They looked out the window and saw the girl they believe to have been Singh's daughter.

Like others on the block, they didn't not know the family, but recognized them by sight.

Rohani Ramsunder said she could see someone hugging and consoling the girl, who she believed to between the ages of 12 and 15, in the aftermath. 

Neighbors said violent crime is rare on the street, which skirts the Steinmetz Educational Center and is just blocks from Mont Pleasant Middle School. 

Update: Man charged with second-degree murder in Mont Pleasant homicide

"Nothing like this has ever happened here," Motin said.

Scott Gannon, who works at Steinmetz Educational Center, often saw the family in passing. 

"I never heard loud things or anything coming from that house at all," Gannon said.

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