Troy Quadruple Homicide: Mother, Girlfriend & 2 Kids Killed

Casey Dawson
December 31, 2017

Two suspects have been charged in the quadruple homicide in Troy, New York, a crime the police chief described as the worst he had seen in more than 40 years in law enforcement.

Shakera Symes tells Spectrum News in Albany the entire family is devastated over the killings of Shanta Myers, her 5-year-old daughter, her 11-year-old son and Brandi Mells. One of the women was found dead on a mattress on the floor while the other was nearby, face down and covered with a sheet.

Troy police investigate multiple deaths at 158 Second Ave. on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Troy, N.Y.

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

"After being in this business for nearly 42 years, I can't describe the savagery of this", Tedesco told reporters Wednesday.

Mann, left, and James W. White have been arrested on murder charges in the deaths of two women and two children in their Troy apartment on December 26, 2017. Police responded to the building on Second Avenue in Troy, a city eight miles northeast of Albany, about 12:50 p.m.

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Shanta Myers has been remembered as a mother who loved to cook.

"I want people to understand that these were children and that's the greatest disgrace that has ever happened", Frank Mayben Jr., who coached the boy, said Wednesday at a press conference.

Police said Shanta Myers and Mells were in a relationship.

Speaking about the moment he found out about his family he said he "couldn't believe it". "We do not believe there is any imminent danger to the community".

Authorities have released the names of two women and two children slain in their upstate NY apartment and police are asking the public for information.

Jeremiah Myers, 11, was found dead along with his family. Police are now asking the public for any information they may have about the killings. No suspect has been identified publicly. Brandi Mells, 22 years old.

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