Left to right: Shanta Myers 36; her son Jeremiah, 11; daughter Shanise, 5; and partner Brandi Mells, 22. Both entered a not guilty plea during their arraignment Saturday morning in Troy City Court.
Myers has been described as an outgoing mom who was endlessly devoted to her two children.
Troy police investigate multiple deaths at 158 Second Ave. on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Troy, N.Y.
"My sister was supposed to be with me and her children, all three of them, for Christmas, and I got robbed of that", said Shakera Symes.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Troy Police Chief John Tedesco spoke of the savagery of the crime.
Myers' son, Isaiah Smith, was away when he heard what happened to his mother, brother and sister - and said he feared for his own life.
"We feel that someone who commits a crime of this magnitude is capable of anything, but we do not believe it was a random act", Tedesco said.
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"Until they catch whoever did this, there are certainly reasons to be fearful", Pastor Jackie Robinson Sr., of Oak Grove Baptist Church on Seventh Avenue in Troy, toild the Times Union.
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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. She was part of the class of 2013, but did not return for her senior year, he said.
Their bodies were discovered by the manager of the property after concern about the family had been raised by neighbours.
A little closure possibly provided for Khalif Coleman, the nephew of Shanta Myers. "We are shocked and deeply saddened by this tragedy".
One of the four people found dead in a Troy basement earlier this week was a former West Genesee High School student, superintendent Chris Brown confirms to NewsChannel 9. Our hearts are broken and our thoughts and deepest condolences are with their family and loved ones during this terribly troubling time. Herman Wong is a deputy editor on the general assignment news desk for The Washington Post.