Troy homicide victim Beyonce Wint was from New York City
Police said 19-year-old had no obvious ties to Troy
TROY - Detectives are trying to figure out how a New York City teenager with no obvious ties to the Capital Region ended up dead on a Lansingburgh street.
Beyonce Wint, 19, died from a single gunshot to the head, police said. She was found just before 4 a.m. Tuesday morning but her identity was not confirmed until Wednesday.
Police said the teen was from New York City. They are examining a number of addresses in the Jamaica neighborhood in Queens and in lower Manhattan where she lived in group homes as they try to determine why she was killed and how she ended up in Troy.
"We do not believe that the crime was random," Troy Deputy Police Chief Daniel DeWolf said late Tuesday afternoon.
Police said Wint had no apparent ties to Troy or the rest of the Capital Region. They said she was last known to be living in Manhattan. Detectives were sent to New York City to contact family members as the investigation expanded.
The police department has most of its detective bureau working the case as investigators try to drum up leads. Detectives have acquired video from the area and continue to seek additional video from surveillance cameras in the area.
Neighbors along Fourth Avenue just south of 111th Street described Wednesday how the early morning stillness was rocked by what sounded like a single gun shot. Wint's body was discovered between two parked cars by a neighbor who came out to her car to go to work, turned on the vehicle's headlights and saw Wint's body sprawled underneath another car, said four neighbors, who asked not to be identified.
Wint's body was about 50 feet south of the intersection of 111th Street and Fourth Avenue on the southeast corner behind the Powers School Apartments.
Blood stains could still be seen Wednesday in the street near the curb where Wint was found. Neighbors said blood was cleaned off one car and there was evidence of a pistol being fired. Neighbors said they were told that casings were found on the east side of Fourth Avenue while police recovered bullets from the lawns along the west side of the avenue.
Investigators went over the lawns with a metal detector searching for the bullets Tuesday. Police canines also were deployed.
They are asking anyone who recognizes Wint from her photograph and has information on why she was in Troy to call the detective bureau at 518-270-4427.
Police have not yet said if Wint was shot while walking in the street or if she was shot in another location and left on the street. Neighbors said Wint's body was in a position that made it appear as if she was running north toward 111th Street.
The death is the city's second homicide of the year.
Troy residents, police and elected officials said the neighborhood around 111th Street and Fourth Avenue is considered to be quiet and safe. Residents said neighbors know each other along the block in the tightly knit community.
Several agencies are helping the Troy police with the investigation, including the FBI, State Police, state Parole and Rensselaer County Probation Office.