Troy mourns loss of homicide victims, following Saturday's arrests

Greg Lawrence
January 2, 2018

Police have arrested two men in connection with the murder of a lesbian couple and two children in Troy, N.Y. A preliminary hearing is set for January 4.

The Troy City School District, where the two children attended classes, will be offering grief counseling to students, Superintendent John Carmello wrote in a letter to parents. Mann had been on parole.

Police did not say how they caught the suspects but said they both were arrested without incident.

Tedesco said police arrested the men at 9:50 p.m. Friday without incident at 627 Hamilton St., Schenectady, where Mann lived. Both men are being held in county jail.

A property manager found 36-year-old Shanta Myers; her children, 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers and 5-year-old Shanise Myers; and 22-year-old Brandi Mells in a basement apartment along the Hudson River, just north of Albany on Tuesday.

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"After being in this business for nearly 42 years I can't describe the savagery of a person like this", Police Chief John Tedesco said this week as police searched for the killer. Authorities declined to answer questions about a possible motive and the method of the killings.

Though police had said they didn't believe there was an imminent danger to the community, the crime shook the neighborhood.

Numerous law enforcement sources not involved in the investigation have told news outlets that all four of the victims were bound, with their throats cut. He thanked numerous agencies involved and the public for providing tips.

"I don't have to tell you what a good feeling it is to have these two in custody", he said. Having been in law enforcement for almost 50 years, Tedesco says the crime scene was unlike any he's witnessed.

"They have suffered an unspeakable loss", Abelove said.

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