Troy police questioned two people in relation to a quadruple homicide that took place in a basement apartment in Lansingburgh, the department announced late Friday night. A press release originally identified the pair as “suspects.” The Alt learned earlier today that detectives were reviewing security footage from a Troy business where someone with an apparent connection to the case sold used property.
Captain Daniel DeWolf, spokesperson for the Troy Police Department, would not say if the review of that footage was related to the questioning. The Times Union reported Friday, citing unnamed law enforcement sources, that “Police from Troy and Schenectady, as well as other agencies, began focusing on the two people, in part, after reviewing footage from security cameras in Troy.”
These developments are the first concrete, public indications that the Troy Police Department have potential leads in the case. The killings of the two adult partners, Shanta Myers and Brandi Mells, and two children, Shanise and Jeremiah Myers, has made national headlines. Troy PD told residents not to fear for their safety, saying that they suspected this was an “isolated” incident.
“After being in this business for 43 years, I can’t describe the savagery of a person who would do this,” Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Family members of the victims came together at the Troy Boys and Girls Club on Thursday asking the community to share information that might lead to an arrest. “Give the information to the authorities so that they can help find the person who has destroyed us, emotionally, mentally,” pleaded Shakera Symes, the sister of one of the victims, according to the Times Union. “It feels like somebody has ripped us to shreds.”
Earlier Friday, Victory Christian Church upped its reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects from $5,000 to $10,000. The Capital Region Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of $1,500.
You can report tips via capitalregioncrimestoppers.com.