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