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The Last Pastor says slain mother, children were very popular

TROY, new york – The Latest on a quadruple murder in upstate New York (all times local):

1:50 pm

A pastor says a woman and her two children among four people killed in the north of the state of New York basement apartment were very popular and respected in the neighborhood.

The Rev. Jackie Robinson is a member of the Afro-American Pastoral Alliance in Troy. He says mrs. shanta Myers had worked as a bus monitor and her children were active in the youth programs.

Police say Myers; her 5-year-old daughter, Shanise; and her 11-year-old son, Jeremiah, were Tuesday found dead. Also killed was Myers’ partner, Brandi Mells.

Robinson says that he knows nothing about Mells.

Robinson says that children at the youth center where Jeremiah played basketball were distraught and crying over the news of the murders. He says that members of the community are nervous because the killer remains at large.

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12:40 pm

Authorities have released the names of two women and two children were killed in their upstate New York apartment, and the police are asking the public for information.

Troy police on Thursday identified the victims as 36-year-old mrs. shanta Myers; her children, 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers and 5-year-old Shanise Myers; and the 22-year-old Brandi Mells. The police say that the women in a relationship.

Officials have released few details since a property manager found the bodies Tuesday in a basement apartment in a house along the Hudson River in Troy, just north of Albany.

Police chief John Tedesco says that he “has never seen cruelty like this” in 42 years in the enforcement of the law.

Police are asking the public to get information about the case. No suspect has been identified publicly.

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