Lesbian couple, two children found slain in upstate NY home

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The victims - Brandi Mells, 22, Shanta Myers, 36, and Myers' children Shanise, 5, and Jeremiah, 11 - were found dead in a basement apartment on Tuesday in what police called a "horrific" homicide that shook the upstate NY city.

Troy police chief James Tedesco said: "After being in this business for almost 42 years, I can say I have not seen savagery like this".

Police Chief James Tedesco described the slayings as an act of "savagery" and that further details about the gruesome deaths would be released to the public at this time.

"Only a person of savagery would do something like this", he said.

"Nobody that's been involved in this case is going to ever forget this, I can tell you that", he added.

Five-year-old Shanise Myers and 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers were also discovered inside the home.

"My sister was supposed to be with me and her children, all three of them, for Christmas, and I got robbed of that", said Shakera Symes.

"It feels like somebody has ripped us to shreds", Symes told the Albany newspaper. He said he feared for his life ahead of the arrests. "I mean there was no telling that girl what to do!" "I don't know of a word that can say it", Tedesco told reporters. Police said autopsies would be conducted Wednesday, but results have not been released.

Both of the accused are scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Troy City Court, according to Captain Dan DeWolf of the Troy Police Department.

The Rev. Jackie Robinson is a member of the African American Pastoral Alliance in Troy.

We'll keep you updated as new developments are made public. Shanise Myers, 5 years old.

"A grown woman in a little body".

Jeremiah, the family said, dreamed of playing for the Boston Celtics. Police were called to the scene after the property manager reported the discovery of four unresponsive people. "We are shocked and deeply saddened by this tragedy".

One of the four people found dead in a Troy basement earlier this week was a former West Genesee High School student, superintendent Chris Brown confirms to NewsChannel 9.

"Our hearts are broken and our thoughts and deepest condolences are with their family and loved ones during this terribly troubling time", Carmello wrote.