Police in Troy, New York, released photos on Thursday of two children and two adult women who were killed in a "horrific" quadruple homicide.
According to the New York Times, the manager of the property received a call from the victims' relatives asking to do a welfare check on the family. "It was the number of people killed, the manner in which they were killed", Tedesco said.
Troy police Chief John Tedesco had assured the public there was no imminent danger because it appeared the murders were not a random act and the victims may have been targeted for undisclosed reasons.
The sister of a woman who was found slain along with her two young children and her lesbian lover in an upstate NY basement apartment says she's now raising the woman's only remaining son.
According to detectives, Shanta Myers, 36, two of her three children, 11 and 5, and her girlfriend Brandi Mells, 22, were found with their hands and ankles bound and their slit throats on Tuesday.
"After being in this business for nearly 42 years, I can't describe the savagery of this".
Shanta's other son Isaiah Smith, 15, said he was away in MA when he found out that his mother, sister and brother had been murdered.More news: Arsenal and Liverpool Play Out Thrilling Draw in Premier League on Friday
"There's a lot of grieving that's going on, and it will continue to go on, but I think this will be a great opportunity for some closure for these families in the community", Monica Kurzejeski, deputy mayor of Troy, said at the news conference.
"It feels like somebody ripped us to shreds and we only have each other right now and we are grasping and holding on to each other for dear life".
"If you know something that could help us put the monster away who did this to my sister and her handsome babies, you've got to say something. I don't know of a word that can say it", Tedesco said on Tuesday.
And Shanise's uncle Khalif Coleman said, smiling, that the 5-year-old had already been her own person.
"I mean, there was no telling that girl what to do!"
Myers also had a 15-year-old, Isaiah Smith, who was out of town on a retreat when the slayings unfolded in his Troy home.
"It's disgusting. Terrible. Sad - sad especially at this time of year", DeWolf said. "The longer you wait, the further away this perpetrator gets and it makes it harder for us to sleep at night", said Symes.