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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

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

Police made the announcement on Facebook, citing preliminary autopsy results. 

"Officers and Detectives from the Schenectady Police Department are continuing the investigation," police wrote.

Police identified the victim as Marian Singh, 35, of Maplewood Avenue. Singh also went by the name Marian Loftis, police said.

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

Police responded to 856 Maplewood Ave. just after 10 p.m. Wednesday evening. The initial call led dispatchers to send officers to an unknown incident, police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Dearing said in a late Thursday morning press briefing.

"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.

Officers arrived and were told by people at the scene that there was a woman upstairs at that address who appeared to be dead, Dearing said.

Officers found the woman. Paramedics arrived, but she was pronounced dead, Dearing said. Singh was a resident of the apartment, he said.

Neighbors reported the victim as a quiet woman who appeared to have a daughter, whom they believed to have been age 12 to 15.

Neighbors Rohani and Lakeram Ramsunder said they were asleep Wednesday night when 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. They didn't know the family, but recognized them by sight.

Rohani Ramsunder said she could see someone consoling the girl.

Another neighbor, Tina Motin, said the family who lived in the apartment kept to themselves.

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

"This is a nice block," Motin said. "Nothing like this has ever happened here."

None of the neighbors interviewed Thursday reported seeing suspicious or questionable activity at the house.

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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