Troy Quadruple Homicide: Mother, Girlfriend & 2 Kids Killed

The murders took place in Troy, a city in upstate NY.

A woman, her girlfriend and her two young children were killed in a quadruple homicide in Troy, New York, police said Wednesday afternoon at a press conference. Details about when and how the four were killed have not been released. "Only a person of savagery would do something like this".

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

"We're talking about the tragic taking of four lives", Tedesco said. "I mean there was no telling that girl what to do!" "I'm not sure if they're coming for me next".

Police have said they do not believe anyone else was living in the apartment other than the victims.

The police hope autopsies will tell them when the murders happened.

Neither a suspect nor a motive has been identified in the murders of Shanta Myers, 36, her 11-year-old son Jeremiah "JJ", and 5-year-old daughter Shanise Myers and Shanta's partner, 22-year-old Brandi Mells, who were found dead Tuesday in their basement apartment in Troy.

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Both of the accused are scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Troy City Court, according to Captain Dan DeWolf of the Troy Police Department.

Jackie Robinson Sr., a pastor at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Troy, told the Times Union that there are "certainly reasons to be fearful".

Officials believe the family appeared to have been targeted in a killing Police Chief James Tedesco called "the worst we've experienced". "Until we find out, it certainly makes sense to be vigilant and keep your doors locked".

The childrens' uncle, Khalif Coleman, said 5-year-old Shanise was unusually mature for her age.

Their bodies were discovered by the manager of the property after concern about the family had been raised by neighbours. "We are shocked and deeply saddened by this tragedy".

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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