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Two arrested in murder of lesbian couple, children in NY

July 22 2018, 11:41 | Alexander Lowe

A property manager, who had received a call asking him to check on the tenants, entered the apartment and found two women and two children, all unresponsive.

The murders took place in Troy, a city in upstate NY.

He added that the police 'do not believe this was a random act'.

"After being in this business for almost 42 years, I can say I have not seen savagery like this", Police Chief John Tedesco said in a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

Police identified the victims as Shanta Myers, 36; her children Jeremiah, 11, and Shanise, 5; and her partner, Brandi Mells, 22.

Tedesco said Saturday that the victims were killed in the late evening on December 21, but would not describe how they were killed.

They have not yet identified any suspects.

Investigators have remained at the gruesome scene since the building's landlord found the bodies Tuesday afternoon.

"There's a lot of grieving that's going on, and it will continue to go on, but I think this will be a great opportunity for some closure for these families in the community", Monica Kurzejeski, deputy mayor of Troy, said at the news conference. Autopsies were performed Wednesday, Tedesco said. This will be a full-court press, if you will, until we bring someone to justice. The four were found dead Tuesday in an apartment they shared in Troy, just north of Albany.

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Five-year-old Shanise Myers and 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers were also discovered inside the home.

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"He was very coachable and lovable".

Two suspects in a quadruple homicide in Troy were in the custody of Schenectady police late Friday as detectives worked to secure search warrants in connection with the investigation, according to law enforcement sources.

Jackie Robinson Sr., a pastor at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Troy, told the Times Union that there are "certainly reasons to be fearful".

"We don't know who did it".

Myers' son, Isaiah Smith, was away when he heard what happened to his mother, brother and sister - and said he feared for his own life.

We'll keep you updated as new developments are made public.

Rewards totaling $6,500 have been offered for information leading to an arrest.

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