2 arrested in Troy quadruple homicide investigation

Saul Bowman
December 31, 2017

Two men were arrested Saturday on murder charges in the deaths of two women and two children who were found dead in their upstate NY apartment.

Police Chief John Tedesco said he'd never seen such "savagery" in 42 years as a cop.

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. They were pronounced dead.

Troy police investigate multiple deaths at 158 Second Ave. on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Troy, N.Y. It wasn't until Tuesday, five days later, that a property manager found 36-year-old Shanta Myers; her children, 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers and 5-year-old Shanise Myers; and 22-year-old Brandi Mells in a basement apartment along the Hudson River, just north of Albany.

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.

"After being in this business for nearly 42 years, I can't describe the savagery of this". Police responded to the building on Second Avenue in Troy, a city eight miles northeast of Albany, about 12:50 p.m. Shanta Myers (Mother to both children), 36 years old.


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

He said the motive was unknown, adding that police were confident there would be no further arrests but that "it's certainly open as we continue".

Tedesco said no more arrests are expected.

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

Police are asking the public for any information relating to the case.

Symes says Myers' older son has been living with her for about two months. Her 5-year-old daughter loved cooking, too, so the family agreed to let her cook spaghetti as part of their Christmas meal. Brandi Mells, 22 years old. No suspect has been identified publicly.

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