Troy murder victims

Police in Troy, NY have identified the four victims, 2 women and 2 children, found dead in the basement of an apartment house on Tuesday.

The victims were identified as (from top left) 22-year-old Brandi Mells and her lesbian partner, 36-year-old Shanta Myers, mother of 5-year-old Shanise Myers and 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers.

Police sources tell the NY Post the victims’ throats were slashed and their hands were bound behind their backs.

“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.

Tedesco said Myers and Mells “were in a relationship” and they lived in Mells’ rented basement apartment in a house at 158 2nd Ave. Mells took the family in when they were evicted from a home in New Jersey.

The property manager found the bodies after he was asked to conduct a welfare check around 12:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Tedesco did not say who asked the property manager to check on the family.

Troy murder victims

Myers had an older son, Isaiah, 15, who lived with a relative. He was away at a basketball tournament in Massachusetts when the crime occurred on Christmas Day, Shanta Myers’ nephew Khalif Coleman told The Daily Gazette Thursday.

There wasn’t enough room in Mells’ tiny apartment for Isaiah so a family member took him in.

“I just want to face the people that did this to my family,” Coleman said. “I just want to face them face to face and ask them why? Just why?”

The apartment where the victims lived was one of 5 apartments in the house.

Tedesco said the murders were not random and the victims were targeted. He said there is no suspect in the murders, but area residents are not in imminent danger.

“Until they catch whoever did this, there are certainly reasons to be fearful,” said Pastor Jackie Robinson Sr. of Oak Grove Baptist Church. “We don’t know who did it. Until we find out, it certainly makes sense to be vigilant and keep your doors locked.”

The Troy Boys and Girls Club, where Jeremiah was a member, offered counseling services to members.

Albany’s Victory Christian Church has announced it would offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The Capital Region Crime Stoppers offered an additional $1,500 reward.

  • JRock

    Jesus take the wheel. What in the name of the Father is going on with all of these killings?

    I have noticed that killings go up around Christmas for some reason.

    Y’all it’s time to put on the full armor of God and pray without ceasing.

  • HIS4EVA

    WOW, this is where i live

  • Meme

    So sad I’m especially sad for those beautiful children to go in such a gruesome manner. The two women look related as they have a similar nose

  • HIS4EVA

    This is alarming but murders and gun violence in troy is nothing new.

  • http://worldstarhiphop.com/ The Dutchess

    They sure know alot not to know who did it

  • 19awesomegrl97

    sad sick world

  • Diva4lyfe

    OMG this is crazy and evil whomever did this does not have a heart and will meet hell in a flash of light. RIH to all of them

  • justlooking

    What are the streets saying? This obviously was planned and they knew their killer.

  • justlooking

    No words but just horrific.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Jesus and the 12. …?

  • Marlika

    Those poor babies didn’t deserve this. This is very sad. I bet The killers are someone who knew them. Smdh

    Off topic but err it appears the 36 year old was playing lover and mama to the 22 year old.?

    May they all RIP?

  • SpillyNillie

    Those poor babies! The children must have known the killer.

    RIP

  • SpillyNillie

    Said the the same thing…

  • HIS4EVA

    Girl, honestly i moved 1 town away and try not to associate with anyone in tht town anymore. since early 2000’s fake wanna be drudg dealers that were run out of the city, statn island etc came up here and strung out the town. (even me w/ e pills) dont know if thats what its called. but now i hear its molly around that way. but there is a few murders due to gun violence each month. i stay clear cus they look like walking zombies. and errybody gay!

  • Vonn

    This is exactly what I was talking about downstairs, intentional killers should be killed. Rest in peace.

  • HIS4EVA

    personally i think money was owed. big money. and them dykes (no offense) be half hustling too

  • Darkandlovely617?

    Salute to you for sharing, you didn’t have to ?

  • HIS4EVA

    ty. another life. no shame.

  • Junkanoo

    The kids must of known the killer. My word the horror of cutting one person’s throat let alone 4. Hope they catch who ever is responsible soon.

  • Phillybruh

    That 22 yr. old brought some mess into that home!

  • justlooking

    Hush your fuss, chile. WHAT…Yeah, I heard that about Troy a while back. We all gotta be safe everywhere we go. Take Care of yourself.

  • IAmLegend

    This sounds like a drug hit

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    why in the world would you kill those innocent children?!!!
    must have been an ‘acquaintance’ smh. this is why you can’t have a bunch of people up in your spot (or around your children).

  • HIS4EVA

    shole will!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    This is extremely sad. I hope we get an updated post when the murderer is found or more information is released.

    The fact that they were bound first is suggestive of more than a simple murder

    In the 21st century, people should be locking their doors even if their neighbors throats aren’t being slit.

  • Wreckognize Game

    I wonder if it’s just me? When i see take care, i side-eye because that is Sandra’s aloha before the BAN. ?

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Why the 22 y.o? 40 y.o’s sale drugs and do other illicit ish too. How old is the oldest child? Could’ve been him. I need more info.

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    A $5000 reward only? Black lives don’t matter… and the reward is from a church? Where is the police work?

    This story is gut wrenching. I hate reading about murders but especially children tear me up inside.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I mean it could be a small church and in an impoverished area, $5K around Christmas time is indeed a lot of money.

  • justlooking

    Say this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sometimes you can’t even have family over. Folks counting your coins, cheerio you missed whilst sweeping. I CAN”T and Will not.

    So sad.

  • IAmLegend

    If its drug related, they probably made those women watch them kill the children first

  • Phillybruh

    I don’t know if a 40 yr old would have brought it back to her house where her children are.

  • Noirluv45

    I watch Investigation Discovery shows a lot, and when they feature a murder or kidnapping in a small town, one of the first thinks those interviewed say is, “We don’t lock our doors. We never thought anything like this would happen here.” Anything can happen anywhere there are people. People think their neighborhoods are safe, but they don’t know that evil people don’t stay in one place.

  • MsPam

    I hope the kids didn’t have to pay because of the adults.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I’d immediately check out an ex-boyfriend/ex-husband/baby-daddy.

    #1 on my suspects list.

  • Noirluv45

    My heart dropped when I saw the children. It’s not like I didn’t feel for the adults. It’s an extremely sad situation, but when children are involved, it a whole different level. I hope they find the perpetrators and bring them to justice immediately.

  • Ni Ni

    All at the spades table smiling in your face all the while plotting?.

  • justlooking

    Folks don’t care, black have this stupid mentality about snitching. Until it’s there family

    A detective was killed in Baltimore City and there is 215,00 reward and nobody said NOTHING. I think it was a set up but somebody seen something.

  • Phillybruh

    Or ex girlfriend some of these lesbians are cold bloodied.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i can’t….

  • justlooking

    I mean they were killed like they were part of the cartel. Just sad.

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    $5k is a lot from a church and it is very honorable. But these cops and police departments don’t give a damn.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    this is why you can’t have a bunch of people up in your spot (or around your children).
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    And you can’t allow your children to visit/stay everywhere either. Those kids could have easily had friends or relatives over.

  • brownisback

    We had an incident here where 5 women were found naked, tied up and stabbed to death by “1” person. A lot of people in that area knew it was behind drugs and who the real killers were but they were afraid to talk so years later they “found” dna at the scene of the man who was charged with the murders. I hope this doesn’t happen in this situation and they find who did it

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I read somewhere her older son was 15.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i’ve ALWAYS been that way for some reason. even when i was sleeping on a pull-out in my apt, i just never liked having a lot of different people (and spirits) in my space. i remember snapping on my ex for letting his baby mama use my bathroom. bish went in there and turned over my potpourri (like she was looking for something). i took that potpourri and the basket straight to the trash chute and cleaned my whole bathroom – walls and all. (you won’t leave no goobie dust traces in here, LOL!)

  • Noirluv45

    Amen. You mentioned killings up around Christmas. I wonder if people are depressed, distressed, and a total mess during the holiday season so much that they lose it. The whole “everything is great around the holidays” to me is a bunch of nonsense because I think in reality, it makes some people more uptight.

  • Soda

    Sandra adds a Hun to the Take Care, the best part!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    yeah, my parents weren’t with that at all (and my sisters rarely allowed their kids to visit overnight)

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I can understand a church offering $5k… but the local Crime Stoppers offering $1500 for a QUADRUPLE murder? That’s $375 per life. Sad.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    my lord!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    and i think the FBI refused to get involved (????)

  • Blaque Mahogany

    black have this stupid mentality about snitching
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I hear you and I understand the sentiment. However, the reality is that in these high crime areas, you aren’t really snitching on one individual person. You snitch on that one person, you receive no protection, you still have to live in that same neighborhood with all the other criminals that didn’t go to jail. In reality, I don’t think it’s as simple as people not caring.

  • Noirluv45

    This isn’t really a Black thing. The mob’s motto was, “Snitches get stitches.” I know it’s a popular saying, but snitching was a mob no-no that usually ended in death.

  • brownisback

    It was a cold case for years then this guy pops up on the news. He was arrested at his job in California. Supposedly he left a bloody palm print

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    you better say it! wherever there are people, there’s also the potential for evil. i like to think my neighborhood is “good” and “safe” but then when i start looking at the sex offender locator, i start side-eyeing everybody i see… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9d465041cfaadc9080119da3ebc9e8e678679d3b3b44dc4f5fce24974c1de281.gif

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    just the one huh?
    *side eye all the way ’round the back of my head*

  • brownisback

    I don’t know who dude was in bed with but he clearly had a debt to pay

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    it’s also some family members i don’t hang at their spot too long after dark, LOL!

  • MocaPretty

    Seems like a salty ex (male)

  • Darkandlovely617?

    That’s right! Use your journey to teach others ??

    Happy new year doll

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I agree. If you snitch on somebody, the cops will appreciate the info, but they cant protect you if people in the ‘hood find out (or even suspect) you talked to the police. You might want to cooperate with them, trying to be a “good citizen”, but you take your life into your own hands by doing that.

  • Ni Ni

    Im glad you did. Some women steal hair and put roots on people . They getting your picture off the internets praying over it, have folks acting crazy out the blue. You have to find out what folks believe in before you invite them over.

  • Ni Ni

    Had to slit their throats and is going on with life with no care. We have soulless people among us.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    girl! worst part is now even the church folk working spells and consulting witches and dead folk, smh https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5a16feb7886870b58e876a7ffc6b264e7419e743bb55ec579123b82d4a427799.gif

  • Li

    When I read this I immediately said: Past boyfriend, or another man who was rejected by one of the women. Just a guess.

  • Li

    Our crime stoppers offer $500-1000. Any money is good money.

  • Noirluv45

    ALL OF THIS! Everybody! We even have a cop that lives in our neighborhood. We live in a very nice quiet neighborhood, but girl, one morning at 5 a.m. several months, our living room glass broke. We don’t know if someone shot through the glass or what. We never found anything inside the house to indicate what they used. Our poor dog was on the sofa and it scared her too death. We called the police and they said their dog tracked a scent of someone who walked around the house probably looking for an open window. Girl, that was a double wake up call to me.

  • Noirluv45

    Gurl, you gotta guard your space like crazy. The nerve of him to let her inside YOUR house and into YOUR bathroom.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Fair enough. I’m just not used to seeing that though. I normally see Crime Stoppers offer $5000 for a murder.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    girl hush! (did yall sit up the next couple of nights waiting to drag somebody in through that window and beat the brakes off of ’em??? …or that’s just me?)

    i liked that our neighborhood was ‘old’ and settled because quite a few of the neighbors were retired and home during the day. unfortunately, the other side to that is that their no account, lazy, trifling, grown kids won’t leave home and there’s always the potential for them to wreak havoc ’cause they got nothing to lose.

  • Noirluv45

    Ohhh, I have a story about that. My mom, back in the 70’s, used to have a “Christian” friend named Mother Anderson. She was a staunch Christian. She could quote the Bible like St. Peter, girl. She was always demonic to me. She used to live in an apartment across the way from us in the same apartment complex. Chile, that woman used to burn candles, go to fortune tellers and all that. She could pray a prayer like none other, but I would give her a major side-eye when she would start frothing at the mouth like a rabid raccoon. Lord, I was about 14 or so. She asked my mom to take her to see a medium (that should’ve been a clue that something was off). Girl, my mom, Mother Anderson, and the medium sat down at a table with a glass of water in the middle. The medium told Mother A that someone put a root on her. Girl, my mom said that woman said a few words, and lo and behold, a black root appeared inside the glass of water. It had roots going every which-a-way. My mom said she couldn’t believe it! This actually happened. It appeared right before my mom’s eyes, girl. Never again did she fool with that woman. EVER!

  • Ni Ni

    I know, you got to side eye everybody. Im at the point wheni go i dont want to eat at the church or want to hug or shake these folks hand. Just let me sit back on this pew and listen to the word. I dont want your husband, mayne, or bro pastor. I don’t to be making chicken noises…just leave me be ma’am?.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    and i firmly believe she did it because she KNEW i wasn’t home yet. she made sure to get her pizzy azz out of there before i did get home though!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Girl, all this!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROFL!

    i don’t even want yall praying over me… i know the words of prayer! LOL!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • Noirluv45

    This didn’t happen in my hometown. This happened in L.A. Back then I could’ve bathed in some holy water. This woman was straight demonic.

  • PROPHETMAJOR

    Evil world….rest in heaven…

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    that is fascinating (and i totally believe it). i’ve never seen anything like that (and don’t want to, LOL). there’s so much more happening in the ‘unseen’ world, and when we open doors we can expose ourselves to some things we’re not ready for https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/92889c8c87c494548b7b7556dc6993ecdac82203a0c2510635c6ca9901d5e177.gif

  • HIS4EVA

    exactly these men are NOT killing over woman in troy. the women out there are hard core lesbians. the men are deadbeats. these has to do with drugs and money

  • HIS4EVA

    It is. lives are lost in this town monthly- young / men and women. the heinous nature of this crime is whats getting the attention. Police and community has been fighting back for a long time to save this town.

  • HIS4EVA

    in that town yes. been there done it. a whole family in the house.

  • Noirluv45

    Isn’t that something? Girl, that’s why I don’t open any doors. I don’t even provide a crack in order to allow demonic things to enter my surrounding.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i’ve seen enough strange stuff in church to know i’m not ready for anything else. i’ve witnessed folks hissing, cursing, and just generally in need of an exorcism. demons are real, and folks don’t know they are opening themselves up when they ‘dabble’ in things they don’t understand.

  • my view

    Really?

  • HIS4EVA

    no lies. there are many many full blown ma and pop lesbian relationships cus the men are dusty, crusty deadbeats that get high off they own supply. i have a couple girlfriends going strong in lesbian relationships now for over 10 yrs. they raise the kids together pay bills together.

  • Noirluv45

    That’s right. Dabbling is dangerous. Yes. Demons are real. My sister’s fried and her husband have told me some stories that will rattle the brain. The spirit world is real. If only we could see what’s around us, good and bad. Gotta stay prayed up, binding and rebuking the devil.

  • T3

    It’s so sad. My friend’s son was just killed by some dude he’d never met. They had an argument. How do you get THAT mad with somebody you’ve known for 5 minutes?!?! This shyt has to stop!

  • nick c

    I thought this was determine to be a murder-suicide already?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    yeah, i’m just gonna choose to trust and walk by faith (’cause if i ever actually see something ‘other worldly’ that’s liable to be the Last thing i see, LOL!)

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Poor thing. RIP

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    Amen

  • Ghost

    Can’t be…everyone of them had their throats slashed and hands bound behind their backs….

  • Ghost

    This is a sad story…prayers to the family and especially the son who was away at the tournament! Sounds like someone they knew…smh

  • Noirluv45

    Me and you both.

  • Malcom Flex

    Lunatic black males the same ones talking about bw’s hair. Yall sleep, though. They hate bw, period. BW have high homocide rates and it’s not brad killing them.

  • Malcom Flex

    We have to do better

  • unknown user

    Who told the landlord of all people to do a wellness check id like to know…

  • Yup, I said it

    Or ex girlfriend.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    How could folks kill anyone but to kill innocent babies………..it just boggles your mind the demons of this world.

  • Fire & Ice

    Slit throats…sounds like it’s personal. This is someone they knew. So sad ?

  • shay

    This is horrible but I’m confused on if the son was killed or not. Either way this is truly tragic!

  • Jenny from the block

    Most likely they owed the dopeman. Either as a worker/was fronted some dope. Or they were users. Especially around the holidays, they didn’t the money to pay back their debt

  • NeverSurprised

    The 11 y.o. son was killed. An older, 15 y.o. son was, thankfully, not at home with the family, so he survived.

  • Judy

    A family member called the property manager when they could not get in touch with them

  • shun king

    sound more like they stole from the dope man

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    There’s a spiritual world around us more powerful than the physical. Demons are VERY real but many people don’t believe. People oftentimes have strongholds on them and wonder why they’re battling. It’s demonic.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Savages…. How do you without a conscious slit someone’s throat… To go one by one and then to slit theCHILDREN’S THROAT…IM GONNA STOP READING ARTICLES like this!!!

  • http://ebonynsweet.com Ebony N’ Sweet

    Poor kids, that’s f*ked up

  • Jussjess25

    My God how horrible . Rip

  • Jussjess25

    Exactly

  • shay

    Thanks for clearing that up. At least 1 son survived.

  • Look@m3

    ON CHRISTMAS DAY THOUGH!!!!
    This is disgusting that someone would think, do and engage in this type of behavior on Christmas day! TF wrong with humans!

  • SweetTEE

    I hate to agree, but ish like this happens when there’s money owed or a snitch in the hood. Especially when they hurt the babies…no witnesses. I do hope there is another explanation though. This is so sad.

  • BeUtFullSoul

    THIS is just Horrible, so SAD, just, JUST , I can’t even describe how this makes me feel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.. Evil!, sounds like it was someone they KNEW!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i’m surrounded by them at work. they’re very hateful, and you can look at some of them and see that they are operating beyond their own control, smh

  • TxCyn

    Naw. Don’t think so. Similar murder of Asian family down the SAME street about 2-6 years go. 2 kids and their parents bound anD throats slashed. Also unsolved.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    I believe it….

  • smartchickfl

    Yes! So many in these workplaces.

  • Jenny from the block

    I’m from Detroit. Not NY. I knew nothing about previous crimes in the neighborhood. Anyway. Its sad and scary. Its even worse when random people are murdered w/no motive. Anyone could be next. That’s why we must stayed prayed up and surround ourselves w/positive energy

  • justlooking

    My roots are brooklyn. Mob and gangs from the Europe, China believe in this. FaCTs…

    As well as the alphbet boys.

  • justlooking

    My roots are brooklyn. Mob and gangs from the Europe, China believe in this. FaCTs…

    As well as the alphbet boys.

  • justlooking

    Look it doesnt matter, of somebody kill my mama the ENTIRE organizatiin going all the way down.

  • justlooking

    Look it doesnt matter, of somebody kill my mama the ENTIRE organizatiin going all the way down.

  • justlooking

    Yes

  • justlooking

    Yes

  • Noirluv45

    Exactly.