Two children, two women found 'savagely' killed in basement apartment

New York police identified the two women and two children who were gruesomely murdered in the basement apartment in Troy, New York, just north of Albany, on December 28, reported The Epoch Times.

Shanta's other son Isaiah Smith, 15, said he was away in MA when he found out that his mother, sister and brother had been murdered. Jackie Robinson Sr., pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church, told The Times Union that Myers also had an older son who was not home when the killings happened.

Police Chief John Tedesco says he has "never seen savagery like this" in 42 years in law enforcement.

On Saturday, Tedesco said the police do not have a motive for the killings but are confident that there will not be any additional arrests, even though the investigation continues.

Troy police on Thursday identified the victims as 36-year-old Shanta Myers; her children, 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers and 5-year-old Shanise Myers; and 22-year-old Brandi Mells.

"After being in this business for nearly 42 years, I can't describe the savagery of this", Tedesco told reporters Wednesday.

The victim's bodies were found on the day after Christmas.

"Nobody that's been involved in this case is going to ever forget this, I can tell you that", he added.

Shakera Symes, Shanta Myers' sister, told Spectrum News the murders have left her entire family traumatized. "We appreciate all of the help and co-operation".

"It feels like somebody's ripped us to shreds, and we only have each other right now, and we are grasping and holding on to each other for dear life".

More than two dozen people were in court Saturday, some wearing Troy Boys & Girls club sweatshirts.

The city of Troy is located just outside of the state capital, Albany, and is about 160 miles north of New York City. Before the murders discovered on Tuesday, there were only two homicides in Troy all year.

"For someone to do this to two children is horrific", Mark McGrath, a city council member, told Fox News.

"We're talking about the tragic taking of four lives here, especially two children whose lives were tragically ended".

The city's mayor praised police and reached out on Twitter to comfort residents. He says community members are nervous because the killer remains at large.

  • Tracy Klein