Police question how Glens Falls murder suspect knew victims

August 14, 2017 07:00 PM

GLENS FALLS - Lilly Frasier was so full of life.

She loved lollipops and popsicles says the woman who lived in the same house for nearly all of the little girl's four years of life.

"She loved horses,' said Viola Wells. "She was just a little sweetheart. Anybody would love to have a little girl like her."

For 8 years Viola Wells lived at 148 South Street in the apartment next door to Crystal Riley and her daughter, Lilly Frasier.

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Wells spent some time Monday afternoon straightening up the makeshift memorial outside the home where Riley and Lilly were murdered.

People walked by, leaving cards, flowers and stuffed animals. Complete strangers are moved to tears by what happened here Friday morning.

Police say 21-year-old Bryan Redden used a knife to slash Riley's throat and then did the same to little Lilly.

"I don't think anyone in this room can explain how you commit such a horrific act against a child. I don't think we'll ever be able to understand that," said Chief Tony Lydon of the Glens Falls Police Department.

Police are also confused about how exactly Redden and Crystal Riley knew each other.

Redden told them he had a personal relationship with the 33-year-old mother of three.

"He was claiming he knew her well, but none of the family members or anybody had even seen or heard of this gentleman before," said Detective Lt. Pete Casertino.

Viola Wells agrees.

"No. No. I never seen the guy around. Never. No."

A Warren County grand jury is expected to indict Redden on Tuesday.


Mark Mulholland

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