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Community reacts to quadruple homicide in Troy

December 27, 2017 11:53 PM

TROY -- Caution tape remains outside of the crime scene in a Lansingburgh neighborhood in Troy police describe as savagery.

“Right after I got home from work and my mom was telling me that there was an accident down the block," said Troy resident Catlin Passonno.

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Police say the crime was no accident but rather a quadruple homicide.

They say the victims include two women who were in a relationship ages 22 and 36 years old. 

The 36-year-old woman's 11-year-old son and 5-years-old daughter were also killed. 
 
“I wouldn't have the stomach to kill anybody but definitely not a child,” said Raheem Duncan, who is also a Troy resident. 

The property manager of the riverfront apartment house discovered the victim’s bodies at 158 2nd Avenue on just a day after Christmas, according to police. 

When they were killed and by whom remain a mystery. 

The motive is also unclear. 

What is clear is that the heinous act of violence has many in the neighborhood shaken. 

“That's, that's terrible,” said Passonno. “I don't feel safe around here anymore. I'm saving up my money just to get my mom out of here. She, she brought me here."

Passonno said it was only two weeks ago that he and his mother moved to the neighborhood from Watervliet into a home just several doors down from the victims.

He said it is not safe for his 9-year-old son.

"I don't even feel like bringing him here anymore,” Passonno said. “It's sad because I love my son. I'm working two jobs just to provide for him."

Duncan is not worried about his safety but he is not entirely surprised that it happened in Troy. 

"Well, I mean Troy, it's not the first time someone got killed," Duncan said. 

“We fed children in Troy all summer long,” said Pastor Charlie Muller of Victory Christian Church in Albany. “Could be one of the children we fed."

Muller is offering a reward for anyone who comes forward with information. 

"We're offering $5,000 for information that will lead to a conviction," Muller said. 0

“No one is safe in this world today,” Passonno said. 

Police have not identified any suspects and they are not releasing the identities of the victims. 

They are hoping autopsies performed Wednesday reveal new information about the case. 

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Nia Hamm

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