Police want tips in 'horrific' quadruple homicide

Police want tips in 'horrific' quadruple homicide

Two men have been arrested in connection with the brutal murder of two women and two children in upstate NY this week. 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.

Police sources told the newspaper that one of the suspects was acquainted with one of the dead women.

The four were killed on December 21, and one of the defendants was acquainted with one of the victims, Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said at a news conference Saturday. White and Mann were arraigned in Troy City Court on Saturday on murder charges and pleaded not guilty.

The victims - Brandi Mells, 22, Shanta Myers, 36, and Myers' children Shanise, 5, and Jeremiah, 11 - were found dead in a basement apartment on Tuesday in what police called a "horrific" homicide that shook the upstate NY city.

Tedesco did speak about the horrific nature of the murders, saying: "After being in this business for nearly 42 years, I can't describe the savagery of a person like this".

He says Shanta Myers had worked as a bus monitor and her children were active in youth programs.

"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.

"I fell down to the ground right in the bathroom and cried, thinking, 'Who would've done this?'" Smith said.

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Shakera Symes, Shanta's sister, teared up as she said that the murdered mother "was supposed to be with me and her children, all three of them, for Christmas, and I got robbed of that". "It feels like somebody has ripped us to shreds". "I don't know of a word for it".

And Shanise's uncle Khalif Coleman said, smiling, that the 5-year-old had already been her own person.

Tedesco told Fox News that "certain factors were uncovered during the investigation" that may mean the killings were targeted.

The killings had left Myers' relatives and 15-year-old son broken and desperate for answers.

They also would not say how the defendants know each other, but said that both have records and Mann is on parole.

"A grown woman in a little body!" he said.

Captain Dan DeWolf of the city's police department called the murders "horrific", adding that "it's awful, terrible, sad".

The Troy City School District, where the two children attended classes, will be offering grief counseling to students, Superintendent John Carmello wrote in a letter to parents.

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