Mother, 2 children among four found dead in NY basement apartment

A mother and her two children were among four found dead in a basement apartment. (Troy Police)

TROY, N.Y. — A pastor says a woman and her two children among four people killed in an upstate New York basement apartment were much loved and respected in the neighborhood.

The Rev. Jackie Robinson is a member of the African American Pastoral Alliance in Troy. He says Shanta Myers had worked as a bus monitor and her children were active in youth programs.

Police say Myers; her 5-year-old daughter, Shanise; and her 11-year-old son, Jeremiah, were found dead Tuesday. Also killed was Myers’ partner, Brandi Mells.

Robinson says he knows nothing about Mells.

Robinson says children at the youth center where Jeremiah played basketball were distraught and crying over news of the killings. He says community members are nervous because the killer remains at large.

Officials have released few details since a property manager found the bodies Tuesday in a basement apartment in a home along the Hudson River in Troy, just north of Albany.

Police Chief John Tedesco says he has “never seen savagery like this” in 42 years in law enforcement.

Police are asking the public for any information relating to the case. No suspect has been identified publicly.