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The Bobster
12-29-2017, 02:33 PM
https://nypost.com/2017/12/29/sole-survivor-of-family-slain-in-quadruple-homicide-scared-hes-next/

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

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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.”

The Bobster
01-08-2018, 06:48 PM
https://nypost.com/2018/01/08/quadruple-homicide-suspects-stole-xbox-tv-during-rampage/

Quadruple homicide suspects stole Xbox, TV during rampage
By Yaron Steinbuch
January 8, 2018 | 4:09pm | Updated

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


Were they all killed over an Xbox?

The two men charged in the grisly quadruple murder of a family in upstate Troy had stolen an Xbox video game system and flat-screen TV from the victims’ home during their rampage, according to reports.

James W. White, 38, and Justin C. Mann, 24, were arraigned Friday on nine counts of first-degree murder and four counts of second-degree murder — as well as charges of burglary, robbery and possession of stolen property.

Police have not yet given a motive for the brutal killings of Shanta Myers, 36, two of her three children — Jeremiah Myers, 11, and Shanise Myers, 5 — and her girlfriend, Brandi Mells, 22.

A relative of Shanta Myers told The Daily Beast last week that Mann was friends with Mells.

“I never seen him before a day in my life … but some of my family members recognize him as Brandi’s friend,” Myers’ nephew, Khalif Coleman, told the news site. “He supposedly always hung out with her.”

A review of Mells’ Facebook posts shows she searched online classified ads for video games and toys for Myers’ children in the days before she was killed. Around the same time, Mells tried to sell car tires for $200 in a local Facebook group.

“Is anybody still adopting kids for xmas i have a 5, 11, an [sic] 15 year old,” she wrote Dec. 19 in one Albany-area Facebook group. “Pockets are tight dont really have it anything helps. Games toys clothes shoes.”

Mells was specifically looking for Xbox and PlayStation games, The Daily Beast reported.

“If anyone have ps3 or xbox1 systems with games for my two boys they don’t have anything for Christmas anything help,” Mells wrote Dec. 17.

The four victims were found bound with their throats slit on Dec. 26 inside their basement apartment at 158 Second Ave., but authorities believe they were killed five days earlier. Police found two knives near the bodies.

Eight of the first-degree murder counts handed up by a Rensselaer County grand jury are related to the robbery and burglary charges, the Albany Times Union reported.

The suspects — both of Schenectady — face one count each of burglary and robbery and two counts each of criminal possession of stolen property.

They pleaded not guilty to all the charges and were returned to the Rensselaer County jail, where they are being held without bail.

“We’re very happy the grand jury came back the way they did,” Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove said after the arraignments, the Troy Record reported. “There’s nothing good about this case. … This is just a tragic situation.”

A property manager conducting a welfare check at the request of the two women’s relatives found the victims’ bodies and called police.

Myers’ oldest son and sole survivor, 15-year-old Isaiah Smith, was away in Massachusetts during the bloodbath.

A grand jury indictment had been expected on Jan. 3 but wasn’t returned until two days later – a day after City Court Judge Christopher Mayer ordered the suspects released.

But the new first-degree murder charge against White promptly landed him back in jail without bail. A parole hold placed on Mann also kept him in jail without bail.

Mann pleaded guilty in March 2014 to an armed robbery in Queens, where he used to live. He was sentenced to five years behind bars and paroled on June 1, according to state records.

White pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2001 for his part in the stabbing death of a Bronx man and served nearly nine years in prison before being paroled.

Defense attorney Greg Cholakis said Abelove’s move to keep White in jail violated the intent of state law that requires a defendant to be indicted or a preliminary hearing to be held.

“We do not hold a citizen in jail based on a piece of paper for more than six days,” Cholakis said, referring to the new first-degree murder charge, the Times Union reported.

The six days he cited was the time allowed for evidence to be presented against a defendant. Cholakis said the DA could keep filing new charges to prolong the time a defendant would be held without ever seeing any of the evidence against him.

The new charge of first-degree murder filed against White was for allegedly killing 11-year-old Jeremiah during a burglary.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Jessica Hall argued that the new charge was based on a new theory of the crime – which would start another six-day countdown.