Troy murder victims

Isaiah Smith, whose mother and siblings were murdered in a quadruple homicide in upstate NY, fears the killer will come after him next.

Isaiah, 15, who lost his mother Shanta Myers, 36, his brother Jeremiah, 11, and sister, Shanise, 5, in a mass murder that shocked veteran officers, fears for his safety and is even “scared to go to the corner store”.

The property manager discovered the bodies around 12:50 p.m. Tuesday and called police.

Myers, her children, and her lesbian partner Brandi Wells, 22, (pictured top left) were found with their throats slashed and their hands bound behind their backs in their tiny basement apartment in Troy, NY, near Albany.

“After being in this business for almost 42 years, I can’t describe the savagery of a person like this. I don’t know of a word that could say,” Troy Police Chief John Tedesco told reporters in a press conference on Wednesday.

Isaiah told the Times Union he fears he is next.

Shakera Symes, Shanta Myers’ sister, took Isaiah in when his mother and siblings moved into Brandi Wells’ basement apartment after the family was evicted from their home in New Jersey.

 
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Isaiah, Symes, Myers’ nephew Khalif Coleman and Symes’ husband Alphonso Dukes spoke with reporters at the Troy Boys & Girls Club on Thursday evening.

Symes urged people to come forward with information leading to the killer’s capture.

“Give the information to the authorities so that they can help find the person who has destroyed us, emotionally, mentally,” Symes told reporters. “It feels like somebody has ripped us to shreds.”

Isaiah said he was at a basketball tournament when he got word that his family was slaughtered.

“I’m scared to go to the corner store,” he said. “I’m not sure if they’re coming for me next.”

“My sister was supposed to be with me and her children, all three of them, for Christmas and I got robbed of that opportunity,” Symes said tearfully.

She added: “They were home, safe in their house. Understand how important the safety of your house is. It’s about the answers that we deserve and we need.”

  • Yoni7

    Does he know WHO did it?

  • Karen Brady

    Right?

  • Jen_no_juice

    That’s what I thought

  • slim3542

    Sounds like a hate crime to me. Js.

  • Erin

    This may be reaching but blasting your face and real name for the media is not the correct thing to do when you fear for your safety in my opinion

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    He didn’t say. But the consensus is Shanta’s baby daddy did it.

  • TMW

    He seems to know or suspect that it’s not random and that the family was targeted.

  • TMW

    I think the family coming forward like this is a pretty clear indication that someone knows something.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Was the GoFundMe account created yet?

  • Judas & GOD

    God need to comeback asap!!.. I lost word

  • TMW

    Yes

  • Look@m3

    I agree!!! These humans out of freaking control!

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    It’s like the world is going through the seven plagues. He is coming, believe that. Please repent for all our wrong doings while we have a little time left.

  • Judas & GOD

    to be honest I think God turn his back on us ..he knew Lucifer is right about human are worst than animals

  • Wreckognize Game

    What is wrong with these black men? The vegan chef killed his family and the other guy killed the pregnant wife?

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    God would never turn his back on his creation. We are the ones that turn our back to HIM. We are made in his image yet we have the free will to love or to hate. Lucifer is just doing his job, weeding out the crop. Have a little faith.

  • Yoni7

    Low down.

  • guest

    It has to be more than one killer involved. One person tieing up all four doesn’t make sense. Sad and senseless.

  • Marlika

    Poor youngin must know who did it and it scared to speak up. ?

  • monique

    But why kill the kids? This was cold.

  • Look@m3

    Now that’s scary!

    I just cant rationalize who would tie a 5 year old and slit their throat. This is very disturbing!!

  • hottlanta

    I told my brother that I was glad that him and his wife after being married for 40 years and got divorced that they were able to move on like adults and not take each other out.

  • Yoni7

    At the risk of being nosey……..Why did they divorce after so long? That’s a lot of work put in to divorce. What happened? :popcorn:

  • Yoni7

    He’s here. He’ll never leave you. Right?

  • Look@m3

    I’m nosy too that’s longer than my parents…..jeesh!

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    *Patiently waits for the answer* pass the popcorn yoni.???

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Right!! Lol

  • Yoni7

    Here you can have it. I need my brown sugar ginger juice for this. LOL

  • Yoni7

    That’s older (read: almost) than me. LOL

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Thanks love. Lol

  • Yoni7

    I having toppings if you like:
    Kettle sugar
    Ranch powder
    Red chili flakes
    Frank’s Red Hot Sauce powder
    Mustard
    Butter
    *sits it on the bench between us – choose up* LOL

  • Ni Ni

    I would be scared too. Maybe they should send him out of state to stay with another relative for a while.

  • Yoni7

    Might not be any out of state folks. I’d think that would be TOO MUCH trauma at the present moment, especially for a 15-year old that has lost his family in such a tragic way. I pray for his mental well-being.

  • Ni Ni

    All that on popcorn? Whats wrong with you people ??

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    Sandy, please don’t end the year on your blog with this madness :(

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    I’ll take some butter. Good looking out????

  • Yoni7

    It’s just one lil ole microwave bag. Those are TOPPINGS. You know like salt and butter? LOL

  • Ni Ni

    Lol

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    90% of all violent acts and rapes are committed by men. If there were no men, the rate of violent acts and rapes would drop significantly.

  • FranziaRed

    Why is she doing this? I’ve been lurking for close to 10 years and will never understand what happened to this beautiful garden :”(

  • Wreckognize Game

    I saw a statistic that said something like women who were murdered by their partner have been choked by him in the past.

  • hottlanta

    Yallll are mad crazy. I didn’t ask because I just respect their decision to divorce. The way they did it they kept the family out of it and just did what they had to do. They been together since they were 19 years old. I got 3 wonderful nieces out of the deal. The youngest one is at Auburn to be a vet. I will do some of yall wonderful popcorn recipes. ROTFLMAO!!!!

  • Yoni7

    LMAO *before we share OUR popcorn – just a few more questions* *smacks hand down from popcorn bag * Did you like HER? Was she a SIL from hell? Was SHE controlling? How about him? Was he fuggin around? Yall know how yall sisters take up for yall brothers and KNOW they be wrong asf sometimes. Did yall see it coming? *side-eye*

  • country57

    Great answer!!!! :):)

  • 5000BlinK

    Oh Lord…….. this is so disturbing but this is the reality of the World we live in.

  • 5000BlinK

    Soooooo the person on the left top is a Female….asking for a friend

  • hottlanta

    My sister I law is cool. No side eye or nothing. I don’t take up my brother because he is a man like everybody else. I am basically the kind of person yall do yall thang and keep me out of it. I am the same way with my girls. Do yall boo. But I did ask her how in the hell could she tolerate to have just one dyck in all of those years. Musta been tough.

  • FranziaRed

    This is why I still come here, yall be cracking me up no matter how horrible the story content…but still I yearn for the old days :”(

  • Gamer?? Chick

    Dam this is horrible I pray that justice is served and the surviving son is protected.

  • Soda

    Lol, the last two sentences!

  • shun king

    this is new its nothing to be afraid of

  • Yoni7

    So it was HIM! Is the homewrecking hussy uglyasfukk?

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    Sit here ?
    Here’s one for your friend too! ?

  • FranziaRed

    Not afraid just tired of the sads :”(

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    How were the old days? Did y’all play back gaming and drink moon shine?

  • FranziaRed

    Yep, back when Kdub was Kdub and Man was swinging his feet

  • hottlanta

    I told her chile they would have had to carry me out in a stretcher.

  • FranziaRed

    Yep and real gravi Fridays with the dance parties

  • OvertheMississippi

    I would feel same way, and I am 45!

  • hottlanta

    I don’t know and I don’t care. I am just glad that everyone is alive, well and we are not attending a funeral because someone doesn’t want to let go. I know he is my brother but I don’t make their business my business and if I did you think I wouldn’t put their business out like that.

  • Yoni7

    I feel you. My brother killed his wife……and himself. I’ve been very vocal about it on here. TOTALLY get it.

  • OvertheMississippi

    I had a student whose parents were shot and killed in front of him and his brother. They too were shot and left for dead but survived. He told me the story as if he were recounting a story on First 48. I sat there in shock while he told me about it. I didn’t know what to do. He found the story for me on internet. I never looked at that kid the same. He could have cussed me out twice a day, and I would do nothing but hug him. He was an awesome kid though. Very well behaved and being raised by two older sisters.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    My soul can’t deal with this today.

  • 5000BlinK

    Ok……somebody didnt get to sit on Santa lap this year……..KONA

  • 5000BlinK

    You know we have to laugh to keep from crying around here…. some of these people would not have been able to last one hour in the original Rose Garden

  • Rayne

    There are some haaarrrdddd looking women today. Goodness gracious. I thought that was a lil bitty boy.

  • 5000BlinK

    Yeap we did it all and if you were highly sensitive…..this was NOT the place for you… keep it pushing or BYE is the term we would have prolly used… or something worse.

  • imright

    i would love to see some of the posters real pic ???

  • Shawty

    giggles

  • the guest

    IN TEARS for this family.

  • Shawty

    Wow…like they say, you can never judge a book by its cover. I’m sure most folks had him written off as a terror because of the things he’s seen.

  • Marlika

    A real piece of shit. I never understood how people hurt children. Those poor babies where probably so scared. It boils my blood when I hear about children getting hurt!???

  • hottlanta

    Wow you worried about me. HOW ARE YOU DOING. Continue to keep them in prayer because this is strange for me. We might get up one day and get the news. You never know. I felt funny sending a Xmas card to their different addresses when I was used to sending it to one house. We grew up in an abusive household and I am glad my brother didn’t carry on that legacy/man up/divorce and go on with their lives. It feels strange but I/we are good.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    True. No disrespect, but when I first saw her picture I thought that was like a 15 year old boy.

  • the guest

    I pray they are proactive in helping the young man cope. He needs medication, a mild sedative to help him through grief and daily grief counseling by phone. Whomever he is staying with needs around the clock police patrol and a good security camera. Enroll him online public school and keep him home and safe. THIS child needs celebrities gofundme sympathy, advocacy, and support.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Wow. It’s amazing how he seems to have come through pretty well through that, meanwhile other kids in the same situation would just become hardened, heartless sociopaths and criminals.
    Just shows that despite our past, doing good or doing bad always comes down to personal choice. Your past doesn’t have to permanently damage your future.

  • 5000BlinK

    Girlllllllllll…. Im still here thinking aint no way thats a gurl homie

  • TMW

    I did too though. She looks enough like the 36 year old that I thought she was the 15 year old son, not the partner. I had to double back and re-read the comments and go google it to be sure.

  • Rayne

    Not a soft feature in sight

  • ???TheRider???

    ???

  • ???TheRider???

    Please put this child in protective custody! If he stays with other family members, they could be next too! Prayers for this young man.

  • 5000BlinK

    I HATECHUUUUUUUUUUUUU ON A FRIDAY

  • SweetTEE

    I had to re-read the article twice before I understood that that was a dam girl in the top right

  • SweetTEE

    Somebody close knows something bout this here. Ima need them to hire a detective and get that boy off tv STAT.

  • Solstice

    ?? Exactly!

  • Solstice

    HOLLERING!!???

  • Solstice

    I remember Keesh ????? hee hee. I was just a lurker back the next though…???

  • dontgetblocked

    There’s more to this story. Somebody… somewhere… owed some gangstas or mafia money or sumpin.

  • Solstice

    Oh wow ? Yoni! I never knew. I am so sorry to hear that!! How devastating…?

  • Solstice

    LOLOLOL ???

  • ????í? ?

    Why would someone become a hardened sociopath after being involved in a traumatic experience? War vets kill people all the time and come back and join society. You don’t make sense

  • ????í? ?

    Written off as a terror? Which folks are you around?

  • ????í? ?

    This ain’t church hunny.

  • ????í? ?

    Worse* is the correct word.

  • ????í? ?

    Send them some money then and save the tears.

  • ????í? ?

    Nunyabizness.

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    Matthew 16:18 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
    And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    They divorced at 60?! Gat Damn Shame! Where they moving onto? Life after?

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    Oh no! I thought that was the 15 year old brother! ?

  • Malcom Flex

    RIP. BW have high homocide rates and it ain’t Brad popping caps. Pitiful.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Really? Have you ever heard of PTSD? There are many war vets who have killed and seen killings in war zones, have been hardened by some of the stuff they’ve seen, and have engaged in sociopathic behavior after coming back and rejoining society. You’re the one that’s not making sense.
    There are lots of online articles that talk about this type of thing. Feel free to google the topic if you like. Have a good night.

  • Oya Shango

    Look closer in that family.

  • Oya Shango
  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Good God.
    I wonder if someone from Jersey or NYC, came up to wack them.
    Drugs. Money.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Hey, there is a poster by the name of Goldie, jumping on posts and being a very hostile, negative nuisance.

  • Faux Gibbler

    Why isn’t this family being protected by Law Enforcement or the FBI? This is some bullish it.

  • suganspice68

    me too!

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Look at family, neighbors and so called friends.

    Someone they knew, did this and kïlled those kids because they knew the kids, would be able to identify them. SMDH.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Exactly! Hes 15 (a minor). His name and identity should have been protected at all cost. You tell me that not one detective thought of that? Somethings all wrong with this story.

  • TMW

    They arrested two people on counts of first and second degree murder.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Someone close in the circle did this.

  • Judas & GOD

    thank you autocorrect ..nice job !

  • ? ????í? ?

    Dummy.

  • Judas & GOD

    Im not ur mother. Next cases please !!

  • Yoni7

    You’re right. LOL

  • Yoni7

    Yep. Had the funerals on my birthday.

  • 5000BlinK

    We use to cut the HELLLLLLL up!

  • 5000BlinK

    Dont do it Rayne…….giggles

  • 5000BlinK

    ayyyeeee..holla if ya hurrrr me

  • Yoni7

    Aww. I hate to hear that. I’m so against domestic violence. But WE’RE doing good. Thanks for asking. This happened 1998. But believe me, it seems like yesterday. THAT part never goes away. Not trying to downplay any other death, but SUICIDE is a whole other monster. You find a way to go on, but the WHY’S NEVER leave you. We had the funerals on my birthday. Imagine THAT.

    Said all that to say, I honestly was joking with you about the whole divorce situation. But I didn’t know that you all grew up in an abusive household. That’s absolutely NO laughing matter. And for that, I apologize (in my Anita Baker voice – see I still gotta laugh somewhere). I’m glad everything is good with you all.

  • hottlanta

    Naw I ain’t mad but you are spot on. It was a good situation where the family didn’t have to pick sides because we love them both. I grew up watching my dad beat on my mom and he left because he got tired of disrespecting her. Then she still waited on him all of those years to man up and be a husband to her. He never walked through the door, he died being someone else’s man. That is why today I don’t take no prisoner’s. Either you gonna be here or you are not and don’t give a dayum what no one else has to say about me can’t keep no man. Say outta my relationship business and tend to your own. I had to let certain girlfriends go because they would complain and tell me I leave men tooo quick give them a chance etc, etc, etc. When a man wanna be with you, you will know and he will let you know. On your birthday wow. That is rough but I know you stay reminded on how God has been good to you because you are here.

  • Yoni7

    Man! See, what’s crazy, we weren’t in an abusive household or anything. My brother was due to start police academy in January. This was a case of “both of them were cheating and SHE got caught.” His dirt didn’t shine through until AFTER the fact. Some chick showed up pregnit talking about they were planning a wedding. She didn’t know he was married……but the baby in HER belly wasn’t his. Then what’s so ironic about THIS convo between you and I right now……..that whore contacted my niece(s), his daughter, on FB like last week! 20+ years later! I read that bitch a new library! You hear me? Told her when that happened, her and her sister were KID’S! Yes they are in their 20’s now, but bitch, we never disclosed some shit to them! Yo sad ass need to go’n some damn where. WE GOOD! I was “pist”! Now I done got mad again. LOL But yes, The Almighty is good to me.

    O’an to add to what you said earlier, and no disrespect to your father…….but that’s what the fukk they do. Go out, be assholes all their lives. Have a GOODT woman waiting on them. They either end up dying before the LOYAL one or come back blind, crippled, diseased, half dead, broke up and crazy…….wanting to work it out. I TOTALLY feel you on not sticking it out. I don’t either! You get they asses, sit’em up straight, teach them how to chew with their mouth closed and speak in complete sentences and then they want to run off. FUKK THAT! Not no more. I’ve done my share of charity work for these nigro’s. I’m OWT! LBVS #breakupsmakefitchicks

  • Yoni7

    So sad!

  • hottlanta

    No disrespect at all about your comment about my father. We are having an adult conversation. I tell people he was a whore. He loved women, lots of women. I had to walk to school everyday and walked pass him and his girlfriend house. I could stand at my front door and see their back door. Even though dad wasn’t there he was showing me the kind of man I didn’t want in my life for that I told him thank you. GrandHot was in love with the word “wife”.When my dad died and she said she would have taken him back I died. My kids father started that mess and I knocked his azz into the Xmas tree. I saw my dad beat up on my mom and told myself my Lil Hots will never see a man hit or disrespect me. If Lil Hots get men that disrespect them, they didn’t get that from me. I don’t even ask men when am I gonna see you again. If you can’t feel you wanna see me BYE!!

  • Yoni7

    GIRL! I’m glad we can have an adult conversation. Too many folks be too sensitive these days, so I find myself having to put a disclaimer on the air I breathe sometimes, so not to offend anyone. I joke too much and have to realize that everybody doesn’t share the same humor as me. But thank you for understanding. And yes, I get it. PP ain’t NEVER and WILL NEVER see a man hit me. Now seeing her father drunk off his ass and tripping on HIS wife is another thing. I can’t prevent that, we’re not together and she’s grown. But I’ve schooled her enough to know her worth with tax. LOL

  • ? ????í? ?

    Paronoid lunatic

  • ? ????í? ?

    Maybe you are but I’m not

  • ? ????í? ?

    You are too invested in these peoples personal lives. Fall back

  • ? ????í? ?

    I have a degree in psychology sweetheart. Just because you have PTSD doesn’t mean you will be a terror. With therapy you can live a normal life.

  • Yoni7

    You are too invested in me. How may I help YOU?