TWO people were arrested for a quadruple murder in upstate NY, authorities announced overnight.
Troy police Chief John Tedesco had assured the public there was no imminent danger because it appeared the murders were not a random act and the victims may have been targeted for undisclosed reasons.
Shakera Symes tells Spectrum News in Albany the entire family is devastated over the killings of Shanta Myers, her 5-year-old daughter, her 11-year-old son and Brandi Mells.
The four victims - Shanta Myers, 36; Shanise Myers, 5; Jeremiah Myers, 11; and Brandi Mells, 22 - were found dead the day after Christmas in their basement apartment in Troy, about 8 miles outside of Albany, according to police.
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From the beginning, police, who have not provided details about the deaths, described the case as a horrific crime. A property manager, who had received a call asking him to check on the tenants, entered the apartment and found two women and two children, all unresponsive.
"After being in business for nearly 42 years I can't describe the savagery of a person like this", Todesco said. Troy police say the deaths are being treated as suspicious.
City Councilman Mark McGrath said: "I have strong confidence in the Troy detectives and state police that they're zeroing in on someone as we speak".
"There's a lot of grieving that's going on, and it will continue to go on, but I think this will be a great opportunity for some closure for these families in the community", Monica Kurzejeski, deputy mayor of Troy, said at the news conference. He says Shanta Myers had worked as a bus monitor and her children were active in youth programs. Jeremiah had been a member of the cub for six years. No suspect has been identified publicly. She was part of the class of 2013, but did not return for her senior year, he said.