The NYPD is investigating the sudden death of a teen who was found lying outside her home in Queens by her family.
Yixuan Yin, a 17-year-old resident of 186th street Fresh Meadows, was found lying unconscious on their front yard at around 1:15 a.m. on Monday, according to CBS New York.
Yin’s parents said she went out to do some errands, but never returned home. Worried for her safety, they decided to look for her, and that is when they found her unconscious body on the grass.
Yin’s family immediately called the police. Officers determined she was unconscious and unresponsive. Emergency Medical Responders took her to New York-Presbyterian Queens, where she was later pronounced dead, the Flushing Post reported.
Surveillance footage from a neighbor’s camera showed Yin helping another person carry luggage. This detail was later confirmed by one of her neighbors, Charlotte Wong.
“She’s helping a lady to move the luggage onto a van or something and then her cat ran away,” she said.
It is unclear what happened after Yin chased her cat in an alley and returned to the street and her front yard.
Officers found no obvious signs of trauma, assault or robbery. They also said no drugs were involved, and the teen had no pre-existing medical conditions. Medical examiners are still investigating the case to determine the cause of death.
Meanwhile, authorities asked people living in the teen’s home, which is divided into separate apartments, to leave as the investigation continued.
A GoFundMe was organized for Yin, a student at Laguardia Community College, by her cousin to help her single mother, Yuqin Ma, with funeral expenses. The campaign has reached nearly $18,000 funding as of this writing, exceeding its $10,000 goal.
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