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Lesbian couple, two children found slain in upstate NY home

Lesbian couple, two children found slain in upstate NY home

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

Troy police on Thursday identified 36-year-old Shanta Myers; her children, 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers and 5-year-old Shanise Myers; and Mells as the victims of the quadruple homicide discovered Tuesday afternoon.

Myers and Mells were in a relationship, Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said.

"After being in this business for nearly 42 years, I can't describe the savagery of a person like this", he said. "I know that the young man involved was definitely a good person".

The arrests came after a family was found dead Tuesday in a basement apartment at 158 Second Ave.in the city's Lansingburgh neighborhood.

Both of the accused are scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Troy City Court, according to Captain Dan DeWolf of the Troy Police Department. "The longer you wait, the further away this perpetrator gets and it makes it harder for us to sleep at night", said Symes.

Police are investigating their deaths as a homicide.

"He was a quintessential "Club Kid" who impacted the lives of so many staff, children and teens, parents and volunteers", the Boys & Girls Club said in a statement posted on a GoFundMe page that is raising money to cover the funeral and memorial costs. Once inside, the manager called 911.

"This is not a random act", Tedesco said.

"If you know something that could help us put the monster away who did this to my sister and her lovely babies, you've got to say something".

No suspects have been identified, but police believe the victims were targeted.

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. Shanise Myers, 5 years old.

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. He says Shanta Myers had worked as a bus monitor and her children were active in youth programs.

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