Police call for tips in 'horrific' quadruple homicide

Two arrested in murder of mother, kids, partner in Troy, New York

Mann (pictured, left) and James W. White (right) are facing murder charges after they were arrested for the killings of a female couple and one of the women's two children.

Police have not yet released details in the quadruple homicide, but Troy Police Chief John Tedesco earlier this week said the scene was "horrific".

Shanta Myers, 36, her two children Shanise, 5, and Jeremiah, 11, and her partner Brandi Mells, 22, were found dead in their home in Troy, New York, the day after Christmas.

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

Police sources told the newspaper that one of the suspects was acquainted with one of the dead women.

'It feels like somebody has ripped us to shreds, ' said Shakera Symes, Myer's older sister. "I'm not sure if they're coming for me next", the 15-year-old said. He said he feared for his life ahead of the arrests.

The family was killed in their Troy apartment on December 21, but not discovered until five days later, after relatives grew concerned over unreturned phone calls. Police responded to the building on Second Avenue in Troy, a city eight miles northeast of Albany, about 12:50 p.m. "It's inconceivable. The fact that they haven't been caught, people are afraid", he said.

Family members told reporters at the Boys & Girls Club on Thursday that Myers was mild-mannered and always willing to help someone, usually by offering to cook a tasty meal. According to the page, money will be used to set up a scholarship and living expenses for the surviving child, Isaiah, 16, and to provide mental health services to the kids, families and the community.

Authorities say that one of the defendants knew one of the victims but did not provide a motive for the murders.

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