Wife, partner and 2 children found dead in NY apartment
The bodies were found in a basement apartment in Troy, New York; the authorities said that the incident was not a random act.
The police in New York state Thursday identified a family of four murdered in their apartment on the day after Christmas.
Troy police identified the victims as mrs. shanta Myers, 36; her children, Jeremiah Myers, 11, and Shanise Myers, 5; and Brandi Mells, 22. The police said that the women in a relationship.
The bodies of the two women and two children were found dead in a basement apartment of the building property manager in Troy.
The New York Times reported the property manager got a call from the victims, family members, and asks him to do a welfare check on the tenants.
But Troy Police Chief John Tedesco alluded to the gruesomeness of the scene during a press conference on Wednesday.
“After being in this business for 43 years, I can not describe the cruelty of a person who would do this,”
Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said.
“After being in this business for 43 years, I can not describe the cruelty of a person who would do this,” Tedesco said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that a person who for this crime is capable of anything.”
“It was the number of people killed, the way they were killed,” Tedesco said. “And the children involved.”
The police did not know when the murders occurred, but Tedesco said that he hoped to have autopsies conducted Wednesday should give clues. State police were involved in the investigation, along with New York parole officials, Tedesco said. So far, no suspect in custody and there was no known motive. The police asked the public for any information related to the case.
However, Tedesco said: “certain factors were discovered during the investigation,” hinting that the massacre was targeted.
“This will be a full-court press, if you will, until we bring someone to justice,” he said, adding that the police are looking for information for the public about the crime.
Mark McGrath, a city council member, called the murders “terrible.”
“For someone to do this for two children is terrible. I can’t even explain how people are here”
– Mark McGrath, city council member, said.
“For someone to do this for two children is terrible,” he said. “I can’t even explain how people are here. We have murders here in the past, as all communities do, but the children — it really, really has affected this community.”
The murders brought back memories of the quadruple murder of a family in 2014, the Times Union reported. The killings occurred in Guilderland, is located approximately 16 miles from Troy. Jin Chen, 39, his wife Hai Yan, 38, and their sons, Anthony, 10, and Eddy, 7, were murdered with a knife and a hammer in their place of residence. Their case remains unsolved.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.