Lesbian Couple, Two Kids Murdered in Upstate New York


Four people found dead on Boxing Day (26 December) in an upstate NY basement apartment have now been identified, and are thought to be victims of what police are describing as a quadruple homicide. They were found dead December 26 inside their basement apartment at 158 2nd Avenue in the Lansingburgh section of the city.

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.

Police also released victims' names along with photos Thursday, in hopes of getting information from residents that could help find the killer or killers.

Law enforcement sources told the Albany times Union that the victims were bound and their throats had been slit.

Police Chief John Tedesco said he'd never seen such "savagery" in 42 years as a cop. "Only a person of savagery would do something like this".

Apparently, there was evidence discovered that suggests the murders were not a random act.

"We do not believe there is any imminent danger to the community", Tedesco said.

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Investigators have remained at the gruesome scene since the building's landlord found the bodies Tuesday afternoon. "It's inconceivable. The fact that they haven't been caught, people are afraid", he said.

Tedesco said Myers and Mells were in a relationship with one another and lived with the children in the basement apartment. One of the women was found dead on a mattress on the floor while the other was nearby, face down and covered with a sheet.

"I fell down to the ground right in the bathroom and cried, thinking, 'Who would've done this?'" Smith said.

According to Brown, 22-year-old Brandi Mells attended West Genesee for her 9th, 10th and 11th grade years.

Jackie Robinson Sr., a pastor at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Troy, told the Times Union that there are "certainly reasons to be fearful". "We don't know who did it".

We'll keep you updated as new developments are made public.

Cops say Justin C. Mann, 24, and James W. White, 38, both of Schenectady, were arrested late Friday, the Albany Times Union reported. "I can only ask if you know anything at all, even if you think its insignificant, call us".