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They found the bodies inside the home and a medic pronounced all four dead.
Troy police investigate multiple deaths at 158 Second Ave. on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Troy, N.Y. She says she last spoke with her sister last week.
The family was found dead inside the basement apartment where they lived.
Police in Troy have also appealed to the public to come forward with any information about the murders of the Myers and Mells, noting time is of the essence and that they will not stop until whoever is responsible is caught.
A pastor says a woman and her two children among four people killed in an upstate NY basement apartment were much loved and respected in the neighborhood. He says Shanta Myers had worked as a bus monitor and her children were active in youth programs. Her 5-year-old daughter loved cooking, too, so the family agreed to let her cook spaghetti as part of their Christmas meal. Brandi Mells, 22 years old.
"It got to the point where I'd be in the bathroom and he'd be on the other side talking to me, like, 'Bro, what are you about to do after this?' And I'd be like, 'I don't know!'" he recalled.
Another local pastor, Rev Jackie Robinson, said: 'This heinous atrocity is unimaginable, incomprehensible. He says community members are nervous because the killer remains at large.
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Troy police on Thursday identified the victims as 36-year-old Shanta Myers; her children, 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers and 5-year-old Shanise Myers; and 22-year-old Brandi Mells.
Two people have been arrested in the "horrific" murders of two women and two children in Troy, New York.
"After being in this business for almost 42 years, I can say I have not seen savagery like this", Police Chief John Tedesco said in a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
Police are now asking the public for any information they may have about the killings.
No suspects have been identified, but police believe the victims were targeted.