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Police Identify Troy Homicide Victims

Troy Police Chief John Tedesco
Dave Lucas
Troy Police Chief John Tedesco

Authorities have named the four people found dead in a Troy apartment the day after Christmas.

Police are investigating the deaths of 5-year-old Shanise Myers, 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers, their 36-year-old mother Shanta Myers and her partner, 22-year-old Brandi Mells, as homicides. Their identities and photographs had been circulating on social media since Tuesday night.

Police Chief John Tedesco said the quadruple homicide was not a random act. According to the Times Union, law enforcement sources not involved in the investigation said all four victims were bound, with their throats cut.

The Troy City School District mourned the loss of the two children on its website. You can read the letter by scrolling to the bottom of this article.  At a press conference Wednesday, Chief Tedesco vowed to bring those responsible to justice. Police have not revealed a motive or details about how the four were killed in the city’s Lansingburgh section. 

Victory Christian Church of Albany is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. 


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.
Jim is WAMC’s Associate News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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