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Two arrested in murder of lesbian couple, children in NY

31 December 2017, 01:09 | Simon Arnold

“Only a person of savagery would do something like this,” said the local police chief. By Trudy Ring December 28 2017 12:48 PM EST

Crime scene

A lesbian couple and their two children have been found murdered, bound and with their throats slashed.

The four were killed on December 21, and one of the defendants was acquainted with one of the victims, Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said at a news conference Saturday.

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.

The family was found dead inside the basement apartment where they lived.

Troy police investigate multiple deaths at 158 Second Ave. on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Troy, N.Y.

A property manager discovered the bodies Tuesday in the basement apartment after receiving a request to check on the unit, and the identifying details, although not the names, were released Wednesday.

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

The city of Troy is located just outside of the state capital, Albany, and is about 160 miles north of New York City. Troy police say the deaths are being treated as suspicious.

"What happens if that was your family and you were the only one who survived?" asked Smith, as he and other family members appealed through the press for any information about the murders.

"I don't need to speak about the horrific events that took place in that apartment, especially dealing with children", the police chief said. "There are indications at the crime scene that this was not a random act". He says Shanta Myers had worked as a bus monitor and her children were active in youth programs.

Police have not yet identified suspects in the case.

The 11-year-old victim played basketball in a community league, according to the Troy Record.

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. Also killed was Myers' partner, Brandi Mells.

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