Troy mourns loss of homicide victims, following Saturday's arrests

Justin C. Mann left and James W. White

Two people have been arrested in the "horrific" murder of two women and a pair of children in their home in upstate NY.

It wasn't until Tuesday, five days later, that the property manager found 36-year-old Shanta Myers; her children, 11-year old Jeremiah Myers and 5 year-old Shanise Myers; and 22-year-old Brandi Mells in a basement apartment along the Hudson River.

White and Justin C. Mann each face one count of murder in the first degree and four counts of murder in the second degree.

Troy Police Chief James Tedesco said that the murder was "the worst we've experienced".

They also wouldn't say how the defendants know each other, but said that both have records and Mann is on parole.

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Officials said, the initial crime took place around 9 p.m., December 21.

A GoFundMe campaign has been created to set up a scholarship and provide resources for Isaiah Smith, Myers' surviving 16-year-old son. More than two dozen people were in court Saturday, some wearing Troy Boys & Girls club sweatshirts. At a press conference held today, police say that they knew the victims but would not say how or discuss the motive because of the ongoing investigation.

The two women were in a relationship, Tedesco said.

The men's arraignment on Saturday came after a caretaker happened upon the ghastly death scene of a family, massacred at their Troy home.

Both defendants were arraigned in Troy City Court and remanded to the Rensselaer County Jail without bail.

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The Times Union reported that the two children were discovered together, kneeling with their heads and chests on a bed.

Tedesco said it was a great relief to have the two men in custody.

Told the teen via the Times Union, 'I'm not sure if they're coming for me next.' .

The suspects are slated to appear in court January 4, 2018.

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