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Press Conference: Troy Police Investigating Quadruple Homicide

"We do not believe there's any imminent danger to the community." ~ Troy Police Chief John Tedesco

Investigators remain at an apartment house in Troy, New York where the bodies of four people were found Tuesday afternoon.

"Nobody that's been involved in this case is going to ever forget this, I can tell you that." Troy Police Chief John Tedesco during a Wednesday afternoon press conference at Troy City Hall, told reporters about the grisly scene inside a home at 158 Second Avenue in the Lansingburgh section of the city.   "There are some things I'm just not gonna get into. it's just simply too early in the investigative process and we don't wanna jeopardize the outcome."

The bodies were discovered Tuesday afternoon in a basement apartment, shortly after police received a 9-1-1 call. First responders immediately thought the deaths appeared suspicious, and consequently police launched a homicide investigation.  Officers swarmed the street, and roped off the area around the building.  State police were called in early on to assist in the investigation. Police continue to withhold the identities of the deceased.    "Four deceased persons in the apartment ranges in age from 5 years of age to 36 years of age. The victims were a boy, 11 years of age, a girl 5 years of age and two adult females ages 22 and 36. The names of the deceased are not being released at this time."

Tedesco vowed whoever did this will be caught and said the public should not be alarmed.  "Based on all the resources that we have, and especially what the New York State Police have brought to the department, I'm confident, and I know there's not a resource won't tap, wherever we need to get it. This will be a full court press if you will until we bring someone to justice."

Mark McGrath’s represents the neighborhood on the Troy City Council.   "Years ago they were one-, two-family homes which had been subdivided into multiple apartments. It's become a little bit of a transient area."

As the victims were undergoing autopsy, Tedesco told reporters police are trying to develop a timeframe - they don't know exactly when the killings took place.

Tedesco is reaching out to the pubic asking anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious in the neighborhood within the last week to contact police.   " I don't think that there's any doubt that someone that committed a crime of this magnitude is capable of anything. But we do not believe it was a random act. We do not believe there's any imminent danger to the community."

Pastor Jackie Robinson Sr. with Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Lansingburgh is urging the killer or killers to come forward.    "We'll try as hard as we can to understand. Even though there's no justification for it. I mean, give yourself up. How can you live with yourself doing anything like that. How can anybody live with that. i mean killing people period, but children...

Chief Tedesco is confident investigators will break the case soon.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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