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Jaquarius "Jay" Nyshawn Quinn, 17

Jaquarius Nyshawn Quinn, a 17-year-old black teenager, died Sunday, Nov 6, after he was found in the 2300 block of Old Harold Road in Palmdale, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Deputies were called to the scene about 8:30 p.m. after receiving a report about a person lying in the road, between the shoulder and southbound lanes, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza.

Quinn was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds to the upper torso, Mendoza said. He was pronounced dead at 8:56 p.m., according to coroner’s records. 

Investigators initially couldn’t identify Quinn because he wasn’t carrying ID, Mendoza said.

The next day, his grandmother came to the sheriff’s station to report him missing, and from her description they were able to identify his body, Mendoza said.  

Quinn’s grandmother said she last saw Quinn the night before his body was found. 

Investigators don’t know if Quinn was shot at the scene or pushed out of a vehicle, Mendoza said, and they don’t have a motive for the shooting.

Quinn lived with his grandmother, Mendoza said, and had no criminal history. He was a student in Palmdale, but Antelope Valley Union High School District spokeswoman Betsy Sanchez said she couldn’t confirm which high school he attended.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

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