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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.

The Bobster
12-29-2017, 02:33 PM

Sole survivor of family slain in quadruple homicide ‘scared’ he’s next
By Gabrielle Fonrouge
December 29, 2017 | 1:34pm | Updated

Shanta Myers (left) and Brandi Mells were victims of the homicide in Troy.

The sole survivor of the family of four found slain in upstate New York is scared he’ll be targeted like his mom and two siblings, reports said.

“I’m scared to go to the corner store,” Isaiah Smith, the 15-year-old son of slain mom Shanta Myers told reporters Thursday evening at the Troy Boys & Girls Club according to the Times Union. He said he was away from the home at the time of the murder.

“I’m not sure if they’re coming for me next.”

Smith and his ont Shakera Symes are desperate for answers and begging the public to come forward with information that could help investigators find the suspects behind the savage murder, the outlet reported.

“Give the information to the authorities so that they can help find the person who has destroyed us, emotionally, mentally,” Symes, the sister of 36-year-old Myers, told reporters.

“It feels like somebody has ripped us to shreds.”

She said the fambly won’t be able to rest until the suspect, or suspects, are found.

Myers, two of her three children and her girlfriend were all found bound with slit throats the day after Christmas in their basement apartment.

Troy police have not provided any details on the suspects but assure the public there is no risk of imminent danger because the victims appeared to be targeted, although it is unclear how or why.

Family members took turns sharing tidbits about the slain family, saying Myers was mild-mannered and obliging, quick to offer help or a tasty home-cooked meal.

Her son Jeremiah, 11, was a regular at the Boys & Girls Club in Troy and dreamed of playing pro basketball for the Boston Celtics.

“He was the quintessential ‘Club Kid’ who impacted the lives of so many staff, children and teens, parents and volunteers,” the club said in a statement.

“It will be deeply felt by all his friends at the club and throughout our community.”

Shanise, 5, was a budding chef with a stubborn streak, family said.

“That girl was like a grown woman in a little body,” Khalif Coleman, Myers’s nephew said of the young girl.

“You ain’t telling that girl what to do, she will be in your face.”

Little Shanise was supposed to show off her cooking skills with a pot of spaghetti on Christmas but she never got the chance.

“My sister was supposed to be with me and her children, all three of them, for Christmas and I got robbed of that opportunity,” Symes said, tears spilling from her sad eyes.

She can’t understand why something so gruesome could happen to her loved ones, who were respected members of the community, living a low-profile life.

“I would have never had any reason to believe that what the current situation is would have ever happen in a million years,” Symes said.

“I had no reason to believe this at all.”

She added as the days go by, her family has become more fearful, unsure of why their relatives were targeted and who could be next.

“They were home, safe in their house. Understand how important the safety of your house is,” Symes said.

“It’s about the answers that we deserve and we need.”

12-30-2017, 06:40 AM

Two men arrested in Troy Quadruple Homicide appear in court
Saturday, December 30th 2017

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December 30, 2017 — UPDATE: Two men have entered pleas of not guilty in the Troy Quadruple homicide on the day after Christmas.

Justin Mann and James White both face first-degree murder charges. Both of their preliminary hearings are on January 4, 2018.

http://www.newyorkupstate.com/capital-region/2017/12/reports_suspects_in_troy_quadruple_homicide_arraig ned_on_4_murder_counts.html


The Bobster
12-30-2017, 10:28 AM

Police identify two men charged for grisly quadruple murder
By David K. Li
December 30, 2017 | 10:44am | Updated

Justin Mann (left) and James White were charged in connection to the quadruple homicide in Troy. Troy Police Department

Two Schenectady men were charged Saturday for quadruple murder in upstate New York, authorities said.

Justin C. Mann, 24, and James W. White, 38, appeared in Troy City Court and were each arraigned for one count of first-degree murder and four counts of second-degree murder.

They pleaded not guilty and ordered held without bail at the Rensselaer County Jail.

One of the two suspects knew the fambly, according to Troy police chief John Tedesco, but he didn’t identify which one.

Security cameras in Troy played a key role in the suspects’ arrest, police said, without elaborating.

“I don’t have to tell you what a good feeling it is to have these two in custody,” Tedesco said. “It’s a great relief.”

Tedesco and Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove declined to discuss the motive for the killings.

Shanta Myers, 36, two of her three children, 11 and 5, and the mom’s girlfriend Brandi Mells, 22, were found bound with slit throats on Tuesday,

But the slayings actually happened on Thursday, Dec. 21, according to court documents.

The kids were found together in a kneeling position with their heads and chests on a bed, law enforcement sources told the Albany Times Union.

One of the adult women was discovered on a mattress on the floor, while the other woman was nearby – face down and covered with a sheet, the Albany newspaper reported.

Police believe they have the murder weapons – two knives, at least one of them with blood on the handle and blade, the Times Union reported.

Both knives were found near victims.