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The Bobster
12-27-2017, 11:07 AM

Lesbian couple, 2 kids found killed in basement apartment
By Yaron Steinbuch
December 27, 2017 | 1:51pm

Police outside the home where four people were found dead in the basement in Troy, NY. AP

Two women and two children were killed in a targeted attack inside a basement apartment in upstate Troy, the city police chief announced Wednesday.

The women, ages 36 and 22, and the 11-year-old and 5-year-old children were targeted, Police Chief James Tedesco said in a televised news conference.

“This is not a random act,” said Tedesco.

Police have not said whether the killer is among the dead or remains at large.

One of the women – who were in a relationship — was the mother of the two kids, he said.

Their names were not released.

“Only a person of savagery would do something like this,” Tedesco added, though he declined to describe the crime scene or say how and when the killings took place.

“I can only ask that if you know anything, please call us,” he said.

The victims were found in a basement apartment at 158 Second Ave. where neighbors said a woman lived with her children and her partner, according to the Albany Times Union.

Police said the property manager found the victims Tuesday afternoon and called police.

City Councilman Mark McGrath earlier said residents should remain aware of their surroundings and be vigilant until all the facts come out.

“I have strong confidence in the Troy detectives and State Police that they’re zeroing in on someone as we speak,” he told the paper.

“The brutal, horrific nature of the crime suggests that this is someone who is psychopathic at the very least,” he added.

The deaths happened in Troy’s Lansingburgh neighborhood, which runs along the Hudson River overlooking housing developments in Cohoes.

Nearby resident Shakeria Jones said one of the victims could be her friend.

“She lives in the basement apartment,” Jones said. “I’ve been calling her all day. She always answers but she hasn’t. I’m worried it’s her. I hope it’s not her.”

DeWolf said detectives and evidence technicians were called to the scene about 12:50 p.m. Tuesday after the property manager made the grisly discovery, according to the Troy Record.

The previous homicide in Troy occurred on March 24, when Dezmon T. Smith, 24, of Brooklyn was gunned down as he got into a :confused: on Sixth Avenue, the paper reported. That case remains open.

12-28-2017, 07:19 AM

Police sources told the Albany Times-Union that the bodies were found tied up with their throats cut.

12-28-2017, 10:13 AM

Police identify victims of quadruple homicide in Troy
Updated: December 28, 2017, 12:37 pm

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Shock and grief has gripped the city of Troy after police announced two young children were among the four people killed inside a Lansingburgh apartment.

Troy Police Capt. Dan DeWolf said police were called to 158 2nd Ave. around 12:50 p.m. Tuesday after the property manager reported finding four people unresponsive in the basement apartment.


When officers and medics arrived, they found 5-year-old Shanise Myers, 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers, 36-year-old Shanta Myers (Mother to both children), and 22-year-old Brandi Mells dead.

The Bobster
12-28-2017, 10:26 AM

This is the family murdered in a grisly quadruple homicide
By Alex Taylor and Yaron Steinbuch
December 28, 2017 | 12:58pm | Updated

Shanta Myers was one of four victims in the quadruple homicide.

The victims of a shocking quadruple homicide in upstate Troy were identified Thursday as Shanta Myers, her children Jeremiah, 11, and Shanise, 5, and her domestic partner, Brandi Mells, police said.

Several law enforcement sources not involved in the probe have told the Albany Times Union that the victims were all bound — with their throats slashed — when police found them.

Troy police Capt. Dan DeWolf said his department would not be releasing other details about the gruesome deaths of the four victims, whose bodies were discovered in their basement apartment Tuesday.

Friends described Shanta, 36, as a hard-working mom who was devoted to her kids.

“She was just a very sweet, sweet girl,” Equasia :confused: Watson, 30, who lived on the same floor of a River Street housing complex where Shanta and her children previously lived, told The Post.

“I knew her from when she moved here from down South,” she said. “My son played with her son. We had dinners together. She took her kids to school. She went to work. She got her kids from school. She was always with them kids — she was a great mother.”

Shanta apparently moved to Troy from North Carolina around 2011, according to friends. She worked at the local Joseph’s House homeless shelter and more recently at a Sonic fast-food eatery.

Police Chief James Tedesco – who said the killings were not random — did not comment on whether any weapons were found at the scene or if there had been a forced entry. He also has not disclosed how the victims were killed.

There are no suspects or persons of interest yet, he added.

“We are certainly appealing to people in the community that would have any knowledge as to what may have transpired there to contact us as soon as possible,” he said Wednesday.

“After being in this business for nearly 42 years, I can say I have not seen savagery like this. Only a person of savagery would do something like this.”

Police said the property manager at 158 Second Ave. entered the apartment about 12:50 p.m. after the victims’ relatives told him the family was not answering their calls.

Autopsies conducted Wednesday were expected to provide additional information and a timeline of the attacks, officials told the Albany paper.

While authorities don’t believe there is an imminent danger to area residents, police and religious leaders urged people to remain vigilant.

“Until they catch whoever did this, there are certainly reasons to be fearful,” said Pastor Jackie Robinson Sr. of Oak Grove Baptist Church. “We don’t know who did it. Until we find out, it certainly makes sense to be vigilant and keep your doors locked.”

Robinson said an older son :mad: was not home when the killings occurred.

The Troy Boys and Girls Club, where Jeremiah was a member, also opened its doors to offer grief counseling.

Tafari Harper, a youth support specialist with the club, confirmed to the Troy Record that the club offered services but declined further comment.

Albany’s Victory Christian Church has announced it would offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

And the Capital Region Crime Stoppers is offering an additional reward of up to $1,500 cash.