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.
Police said that two women living together as partners, aged 36 and 22, and the older woman's two children, an 11-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, were killed in a "savage" attack. The four were found dead Tuesday in an apartment they shared in Troy, just north of Albany.
"The Troy Police Department is releasing these photos not only for the media but to further appeal to the public for any information regarding this horrific case", Capt. Dan DeWolf of the Troy Police Department said in a statement. A property manager, who had received a call asking him to check on the tenants, entered the apartment and found two women and two children, all unresponsive.
"After being in this business for nearly 42 years, I can't describe the savagery of a person like this", he said.
Mann, left, and James W. White have been arrested on murder charges in the deaths of two women and two children in their Troy apartment on December 26, 2017.
Police said Shanta Myers and Mells were in a relationship. He says Shanta Myers had worked as a bus monitor and her children were active in youth programs.
Speaking about the moment he found out about his family he said he "couldn't believe it".
City Councilman Mark McGrath said: "I have strong confidence in the Troy detectives and state police that they're zeroing in on someone as we speak".
They also would not say how the defendants know each other, but said that both have records and Mann is on parole.
Police say Myers; her 5-year-old daughter, Shanise; and her 11-year-old son, Jeremiah, were found dead Tuesday. Police are now asking the public for any information they may have about the killings.
Brandi Mells, 22, was Shanta Myers' girlfriend.