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Shooting leaves one dead in Chester County

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By Holly Roeder
Staff Writer

The shooting death of 42-year-old Samantha Melendez Monday afternoon near Finger has left as many questions in Chester County as answers.
According to Keli McAlister, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Public Information Officer, the shooting, which occurred at Melendez’s home in the 4600 block of Old Friendship Road, is being investigated by the Chester County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. At press time, the name of the shooter, as well as circumstances surrounding the incident had not been released. “This remains an active and ongoing investigation,” McAlister indicated. More details are expected to be released as the investigation progresses.
Melendez came from a very large family, one of 17 on her father’s side and an additional 4 on her mother’s, according to her sister, Joann Boston. “She was a very good mother and sister,” Boston said. Her final posts on social media painted a carefree Melendez enjoying time off Monday morning, fishing in a pond in her back yard. “We all fish,” said Boston, “she loved being out and having fun.” Melendez leaves behind two sons and a daughter.
Check the Chester County Independent page on FaceBook for updates on this investigation.


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