From left to right: Shanise Myers, mrs. shanta Myers and Jeremiah Myers were found murdered in an upstate New York apartment Tuesday.
The surviving son of an upstate New York woman murdered along with her two young children and a lover, said that he was afraid to leave the house in fear to be killed.
Isaiah Smith, 15, told reporters he was afraid to go to the store in fear of being targeted by his family of the murderer(s), the Times Union reported.
“I’m afraid to go to the shop around the corner,” Smith told reporters Thursday. “I’m not sure if they come for me.”
Wife, partner and 2 children found dead in NY apartment
Smith’s mother, mrs. shanta Myers, 36; her children, Jeremiah “JJ” Myers, 11, and Shanise Myers, 5; and Brandi Mells, 22, her lover, were found dead by their property manager Tuesday in a basement apartment in Troy, NY, just north of Albany.
The police have not directly said how the victims were killed or what the motive was. There are no suspects identified in connection with the crime.
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John Tedesco, Troy’s chief of police, pointed to the gruesomeness of the scene during a press conference Wednesday.
“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.”
Victim’s sister, surviving son beg public to send in tips on that four dead in #TroyNY. Read more: https://t.co/RgSrb4yDgP pic.twitter.com/Kd1td2IOB6
— Times Union (@timesunion) December 29, 2017
“It was the number of people killed, the way they were killed,” Tedesco said. “And the children involved.”
Shakera Symes, mrs. shanta Myers’ sister, told the Spectrum News of the murders destroyed a whole family.
“You give the information to the authorities, so that they can help find the person who has destroyed us, emotionally, mentally,” Symes said. “It feels like someone has ripped us to shreds.”
Symes confirmed that they would raise Isaiah after the gruesome killings.
The victims were found dead in a basement apartment.
The family told reporters on Troy’s Boys & Girls Club that the children were known in the community. Jeremiah was a part of the club and dreamed of playing professional basketball, the family said.
“He (Jeremiah) was the proverbial ‘Club Kid’ who impacted the lives of so many employees, children and teens, parents and volunteers,” the club wrote in a statement. “It will be deeply felt by all his friends in the club and in our community.”
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The family said Shanise was interested in cooking and was like “a mature woman in a small body.”
“That girl was like a mature woman in a small body,” Khalif Coleman, Myers’ cousin, said. “You ain’ t telling this girl what to do, they will be in your face.”
Family of mrs. shanta Myers, and her children speak to people with information about #Troy murder to come forward. pic.twitter.com/EvVTDbaW59
— Amanda Fries (@mandy_fries) December 28, 2017
The Troy City School District announced that they were working with the club to offer grief counseling to those who have the children. A GoFundMe has also been set up for the funeral and burial costs. As of Friday, more than $19,000 has been raised.
Symes pleaded for answers in the mysterious killings that shocked the entire community.
“They were at home, safe in their home. Understand how important the safety of your home is,” Symes said. “It’s about the answers that we deserve and that we need.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.