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Lesbian Couple, Two Kids Murdered in Upstate New York

31 December 2017

A pastor says a woman and her two children among four people killed in an upstate NY basement apartment were much loved and respected in the neighborhood.

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

"We feel that someone who commits a crime of this magnitude is capable of anything, but we do not believe it was a random act", Tedesco said.

He said the motive was unknown, adding that police were confident there would be no further arrests but that "it's certainly open as we continue".

After police arrested two people in connection to the murders, the community is feeling some relief; lighting candles and releasing balloons in honor of the victims.

James W. White enters the courtroom for his arraignment on murder charges, Saturday in Troy.

"After being in this business for nearly 42 years, I can't describe the savagery of this". Neither man said anything as the charges were read.

After receiving a phone call with the bad news, he said "I couldn't believe it".

"I fell down to the ground right in the bathroom and cried, thinking, 'Who would've done this?'" Smith said.

Myers' sister, Shakera Symes, had implored any potential witnesses to speak with authorities to find "the person who has destroyed us, emotionally, mentally", according to the Times Union.

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"It's tragic. I remember her very well". Her 5-year-old daughter loved cooking, too, so the family agreed to let her cook spaghetti as part of their Christmas meal.

"A grown woman in a little body!" he said.

"I'm scared to go to the corner store", he told reporters, according to the Times Union. She would be in your business like: 'What!' and you'd walk away like 'What? She said her suffering is irreparable.

Myers' cousin, Tracy Coleman, lamented the loss of her relatives on Facebook. "She was always with them kids - she was a great mother". Shante Myers and my lovely little cousins are gone... WHY!

"Our hearts are shattered".

"Thank you for your prayers, inboxes and phone calls". Both suspects, from Schenectady, New York, were arraigned in Troy City Court on Saturday, with the next court appearance scheduled for Thursday. "We're going to do everything we can to look into this and get to the bottom of what happened here".

Troy, a city of around 50,000 people, has reportedly had just one other homicide in 2017.

The Troy City School District is a close and supportive community and the loss of two of our innocent and promising children is especially devastating.

"Unfortunately, it's frightful, terrible, sad - especially at this time of the year - that there's four deceased folks in there", he said.

Tedesco vowed that the police would do all it could to solve the crime. "This will be a full-court press until somebody's brought to justice".

Lesbian Couple, Two Kids Murdered in Upstate New York