Lesbian Couple, Two Kids Murdered in Upstate New York

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.

Mells, along with 5-year-old Shanise Myers, 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers, 36-year-old Shanta Myers were all found dead inside a Troy basement earlier in the week.

Troy police Chief John Tedesco had assured the public there was no imminent danger because it appeared the murders were not a random act and the victims may have been targeted for undisclosed reasons.

"After being in this business for nearly 42 years, I can't describe the savagery of a person like this", he said. "I don't know of a word for it".

Police said that two women living together as partners, aged 36 and 22, and the older woman's two children, an 11-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, were killed in a "savage" attack.

The family was found dead inside the basement apartment where they lived. "The longer you wait, the further away this perpetrator gets and it makes it harder for us to sleep at night", said Symes.

The manner of death was not released.

Police report the bodies were found the day after Christmas by a property manager.

Both men have criminal records, Tedesco said, and Mann was on parole.

"We don't know who did it", Robinson said.

A local church announced it would offer a $5,000 reward to anyone who has information which could help solve the case. No suspect has been identified publicly.

As investigators scour for clues in the killing of a mother, her two young children and her domestic partner in their upstate NY home, aspects of the quadruple homicide appear similar to another, unsolved mass family killing that occurred less than 15 miles away in 2014. She was part of the class of 2013, but did not return for her senior year, he said.

The killings had left Myers' relatives and 15-year-old son broken and desperate for answers. He says Shanta Myers had worked as a bus monitor and her children were active in youth programs. Brandi Mells, 22 years old.

  • Fernando Stephens