A 15-year-old boy who lost his family in this week's quadruple homicide in upstate NY fears for his safety, saying he is "scared to go to the corner store". Troy police on Thursday identified the victims as 36-year-old Shanta Myers; her children, 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers and 5-year-old Shanise Myers; and Myers' lover, 22-year-old Brandi Mells.
The unit where the bodies were found is one of five in a home located in a residential neighborhood along the Hudson River's east bank, just north of Albany.
Myers, two of her three children and her girlfriend were all found bound with slit throats the day after Christmas in their basement apartment. "It feels like somebody has ripped us to shreds".
Myers's 15-year-old son, Isaiah Smith, was away when he heard what happened to his mother, brother and sister - and says he fears for his own life, knowing their killer is still at large.
Isaiah Smith, the sole survivor of the family, has revealed he's terrified for his safety and is even 'scared to go to the corner store'. "So when I got a phone call on Tuesday and they said, 'Shakira, did you see the news?' I said no, what's on the news'".
Myers, who was described as good natured and an avid cooker, met and began dating Mells a few months back.
Troy Police Chief John Tedesco told ABC News that these killings were act of "savagery".
"After being in this business for nearly 42 years, I can't describe the savagery of this", Tedesco told reporters. "The emotions of a police officer are something you repress because there is a job to be done", Tedesco said, adding that no one involved in this case will ever forget it.More news: Buccaneers to reportedly retain Dirk Koetter for 2018
Tedesco said it is likely that the family was targeted. I don't have the word, ' he said.
They were discovered the day after Christmas by the property manager.
Police can't avoid these details they witnessed the scene firsthand. Until we find out, it certainly makes sense to be vigilant and keep your doors locked'.
Relatives of the family of four found slain in upstate NY are begging the public to come forward with information that may lead investigators to the suspects behind their savage murder, reports said.
Jeremiah, also known as "JJ", loved basketball and spent much at the Boys & Girls Club.
"She just loved to be included in family events, but over the a year ago, she kind of isolated herself as she got into a relationship", she added.
"That girl was like a grown woman in a little body", her cousin, Khalif Coleman, told reporters, according to the Times Union.
His family said he wanted to be a firefighter. "This girl was so attractive with kids and she loved them the way any parent would and she didn't have kids".