The soccer player who died in her hometown of Flushing, Queens, last week was a standout at her high school and a longtime friend of the soccer team, a family friend said.
“She was always one to talk to everyone,” said the friend, who declined to give her name.
“The kids knew her.
She loved them.”
Her death was first reported by The Times, which said the woman, who was 17, died on Monday.
The Associated Press did not immediately have an explanation for the death.
The woman was an only child.
The family friend, in a phone interview from Queens, New York, declined to elaborate.
Her mother, Grazyna Kramaric, said her daughter was “a wonderful, intelligent person.”
The woman attended the same public high school as her mother, who has worked as a teacher and in a teaching program.
She played on the soccer teams of the local team, the Flushing Girls Soccer League, and played on a soccer team at the University of Southern California, Kramad said.
The AP was unable to reach Kramady for comment.
She was a senior on the team this year and was an aspiring athlete, Kammar said.
She had been diagnosed with leukemia in July and underwent treatment, Kamsaric said.
Her death came on the heels of another death in the area, of a woman who was found dead in a parking garage at the same time as the woman who died, the Times reported.
The Times said the investigation into the deaths was ongoing.
It did not say whether anyone in the Flush Valley area was involved in either of the deaths.
The death of the woman in Flushing is the second this week in the city.
A man was found hanging from a tree in a vacant lot in the same neighborhood on Monday, according to the Times.
The man had been a resident of the same building for more than a year, the newspaper said.
Police said they were investigating the death, but did not give further details.
The city is on edge because of the threat of terrorism.
A woman who went by the name of Marlene Storz was found guilty on Tuesday of attempted murder and sentenced to life in prison, the Associated Press reported.
Authorities said she was one of several people in the neighborhood who were radicalized in the months leading up to the July 2015 attack that killed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
She is charged with plotting the bombing of the World Trade Center.
She has pleaded not guilty.
De Blasio, who served as mayor for six years, was mayor of New York for two of those years, but has been out of office since the deadly bombing of a Brooklyn Bridge in September 2016.
The bombing, which killed seven and injured more than 200, prompted Trump to call on the New York mayor to resign and suggested he may be on his way out of the White House.
In a statement, Trump said the attack “shocked and saddened me beyond words.”
He also said he was saddened by the fact that the bomber, whom authorities identified as 26-year-old Najibullah Zazi, had been allowed to return to the United States, where he had lived since 2014.
The two attacks killed eight people and wounded nearly 200, including De Blasio and two other New York mayors, Bill deBlasio and Michael Bloomberg.
The bombings prompted the resignation of then-FBI Director James Comey.
Trump had previously accused the bureau of not doing enough to investigate the bombings.
Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday that the bureau had investigated the attacks and had determined the attacks were carried out by an “extremist group” linked to al-Qaeda.
The investigation also found the bombing was a “premeditated, organized, and highly successful attack.”
In August, Trump fired Comey, who had been leading the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
Trump also said Comey’s firing was retaliation for the bureau’s decision not to investigate whether there was collusion between his campaign and Russia during the presidential election.
The president has said he believes the Russia probe was politically motivated.
The White House said Trump did not request Comey’s resignation but instead wanted him to recuse himself from the investigation.