Police raided a Bridge Street residence Wednesday in the investigation into the shooting death of a 15-year-old Schenectady boy over the weekend. Two people were taken into custody but later released. Megan Cruz reports.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Just days after 15-year-old Eddie Stanley was shot dead during a party on Bridge Street in Schenectady, police raided a nearby home in the hopes of getting answers to so many unanswered questions.
"The commotion is that the chopper wake me up, and then I see all these cops," said John Chavez, who lives next door to where Stanley was shot and killed early Sunday morning. He also lives across the street from a house that local and State Police raided Wednesday morning.
Chavez said, "Cops surround the house; I didn't know what was going on. Then eventually I see them bring one fella out, then about 15 minutes after they bring a lady that lives there out."
Police would not release their names, but they did say two people were brought in for questioning about Stanley's death.
"My reaction was they caught him," said Rhonda Gentry, Stanley's grandmother.
Family members visited the scene after hearing about the 5 a.m. raid, but police said the people who were brought in where released hours later.
Gentry said, "I just wanna see the guy in custody so I can rest at ease, because I'm not going to rest in peace until I know he's caught."
Police said they have no other updates at this time. Stanley's great aunt said the lack of answers is frustrating.
"Only people that could tell you what happened was the people in the house at the time," said Pamela Gentry.
Police said witnesses have played an important role in the investigation so far. Stanley's family hopes that people will continue being cooperative and forthcoming with information that could lead to an arrest.
"I would say please do that - for my grandson," said Gentry.
They said he didn't deserve this kind of death.
"Senseless crime, 16...15. His birthday's coming up Wednesday. Now he's celebrating in heaven. Rest in peace," said Stanley's great aunt.
And while the investigation continues, funeral arrangements for Eddie Stanley have been finalized. Calling hours will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Refreshing Spring Church in Schenectady. The funeral will immediately follow. The family hopes the ones responsible for his death will be behind bars by then.