In what can only be called a vicious and heinous attach a mother, her partner and two children are now dead. The incident happened in Troy, New York, just outside of Albany, where 36 year-old mother Shanta Myers and her girlfriend 22 year-old Brandi Mells lived a peaceful life with two Myers children 5 year-old Shanise Meyers and 11 year-old Jeremiah Myers. Reportedly the couple's property manager came upon the gruesome scene after being asked to do a welfare check on the family the day after Christmas. Upon entering the household, the property manager found Myers, Mells and the children bound and with their throats slashed.
"After being in this business for 43 years, I can't describe the savagery of a person who would do this," said Troy Police Chief John Tedesco. Tedesco declared during a news conference that the killings were "not a random act," but wouldn't say why he believed that was the case.
"I don't think there's any doubt that a person who committed this crime is capable of anything," Tedesco said, adding that police don't believe there was an imminent danger to the public.
Police didn't know when the slayings occurred, but Tedesco said he hoped autopsies being conducted Wednesday would provide clues. State police were involved in the investigation along with New York parole officials, Tedesco said.
"This heinous atrocity is unimaginable, incomprehensible. I believe it affects the whole community," said the Rev. Jackie Robinson, pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Troy, who did not know the family. "Kids are traumatized. A lot of adults are traumatized too, because this monster is still out there."
Myers has another son who was not living with the family at the time. There is no word yet on a motive or suspect in this case. Let's all be sure to keep the families and loved ones affected by this horrible tragedy.