A 15-year-old teen who’s family was brutally murdered in the gruesome quadruple homicide in Troy, New York fears he’ll be the next target for the unidentified killer.
Isaiah Smith, the sole survivor of the family, has revealed he’s terrified for his safety and is even ‘scared to go to the corner store.’
The teenager’s mother Shanta Myers, 36, his brother Jeremiah, 11, and sister, Shanise, five, were found tied up with their throats slashed alongside Shanta’s lesbian girlfriend Brandi Mells, 22, inside their apartment on Tuesday.
Shanta Myers, 36, (pictured left) her lesbian girlfriend Brandi Mells, 22, and Shanta’s two children Jeremiah, 11, and Shanise, five, (pictured) were found tied up with their throats slashed inside an apartment in Troy, New York on Tuesday
Shanta Myers, 36, (left) and her lesbian girlfriend Brandi Mells, 22 (right) were found murdered in what police have described is an act of blatant ‘savagery’
Isaiah Smith, the sole survivor of the family, has revealed he’s terrified for his safety and is even ‘scared to go to the corner store’
Isaiah, who wasn’t at home at the time of the murders as he was away in Massachusetts, is now scared that the suspects are ‘coming for me next,’he told the Times Union.
Speaking about the moment he found out about his family he said ‘Couldn’t believe it. Heartbroken. I fell down to the ground right in the bathroom and cried thinking who would’ve done this?’ reported CBS6.
His aunt Shakera Symes, the sister of 36-year-old victim Shanta, has appealed to the public. ‘Give the information to the authorities so that they can help find the person who has destroyed us, emotionally, mentally. It feels like somebody has ripped us to shreds,’ she said.
‘My sister was supposed to be with me and her children, all three of them for Christmas. And I got robbed of that,’ she emotionally told reporters.
11-year-old Jeremiah (pictured left) and his little five-year-old Shanise (right) were also found dead, tied up with their throats slashed
She said her and the rest of the family are completely and utterly heartbroken. ‘It feels like somebody ripped us to shreds and we only have each other right now and we are grasping and holding on to each other for dear life.’
Isaiah fondly remembered his younger brother saying he followed him around everywhere. ‘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 joked.
Apparently Jeremiah dreamed of playing for the Boston Celtics in the NBA one day and had also been a member of the Troy Boys & Girls Club for six years.
Shakera Symes, the sister of 36-year-old victim Shanta said ‘My sister was supposed to be with me and her children, all three of them for Christmas. And I got robbed of that,’ she emotionally told reporters
Pictured here are the family members including Isaiah (second from left) his Aunt Shakera Symes (second from right) and his Uncle Khalif Coleman (center)
‘He was the quintessential “Club Kid” who impacted the lives of so many staff, children and teens, parents and volunteers,’ the club said in a statement.
‘It will be deeply felt by all his friends at the club and throughout our community.’
His younger sister Shanise had a passion for cooking and apparently was wise beyond her years. ‘That girl was like a grown woman in a little body,’ her Uncle Khalif Coleman said. ‘You ain’t telling that girl what to do, she will be in your face.’
Her Aunt Symes said she was going to have the youngster cook spaghetti as part of their Christmas meal. She told Symes ‘Auntie I know how to make spaghetti.’
The family – identified as two young siblings, their mother and the woman’s lesbian partner – were found bound and with their throats slashed inside an apartment in Troy on Tuesday
After sharing memories Symes again pleaded to the pubic. ‘If you know something that could help us put the monster away who did this to my sister and her beautiful babies, you’ve got to say something.’
‘The longer you wait, the further away this perpetrator gets and it makes it harder for us to sleep at night,’ she said.
The Victory Christian Church of Albany offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.
Law enforcement sources claim the family appear to have been targeted for an unknown reason, while Troy Police Chief James Tedesco told the paper the murders were an abominable act of ‘savagery.’
Tedesco noted the slayings were not a random act of violence and characterized the quadruple homicide as the worst he has seen yet. ‘After being in this business for almost 42 years, I can’t describe the savagery of this. I don’t have the word,’ he said.
‘There are indications at the crime scene that this was not a random act,’ Tedesco told reporters at a news conference Wednesday.
They too are pleading with the public. ‘We are certainly appealing to people in the community that would have any knowledge as to what may have transpired there to contact us as soon as possible.’
Autopsies completed on Wednesday afternoon are expected to clarify the timeline of attacks and exactly how the victims were killed.
Troy Police Chief James Tedesco told the paper the murders were an act of ‘savagery’
Troy Police sources said the family, identified as two young siblings, their mother and the woman’s lesbian partner, appear to have been targeted for an unknown reason
Police have said they still don’t have a suspect for the murders, and don’t want to release a potential motive in the fears of hurting their investigation.
‘The emotions of a police officer is something you repress because there is a job to be done,’ Tedesco said.
‘But no one involved in this case is ever going to forget it. Right now our job is to bring this person to justice.’
Based on evidence uncovered in the course of the investigation, police do not believe there is imminent danger to the community. So far, no arrests have been made.
Troy Police Captain Daniel DeWolf said earlier that the deaths were ‘certainly suspicious.’
The unit where the bodies were found is one of five in a home located in a residential neighborhood along the Hudson River’s east bank, just north of Albany.
The bodies were discovered by a property manager in a basement apartment on Tuesday after being asked to check on the welfare of the family