Troy police release names of homicide victims

December 28, 2017 05:42 PM

Troy police have released the names of the victims in a quadruple homicide.

They say Shanise Myers, 5, Jeremiah Myers, 11, Shanta Myers, 36, and Brandi Mells, 22, were all found dead Tuesday in a basement apartment on 2nd Avenue.

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Right now, police have no one in custody and no suspects in mind.

Tedesco says no one starts out with a crime of this magnitude, which is why detectives have been busy sifting through crime data from multiple state agencies. One of the most valuable resources Tedesco believes is the Division of Parole.

"If you don't have anybody in mind, they will tell you they may have parolees that they're case supervising that have committed types of crimes in the same manner as that of which we're investigating," Tedesco explained.

Tedesco labels the killings the work of a savage. Even though Tedesco thinks a person who commits an atrocity like this is capable of doing anything, he also believes it was not a random act, and says the public is in no imminent danger.


Second Avenue has now reopened.

Troy Schools Superintendent released the following statement:

Dear Families,

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the death of two of our students, Shanise Myers of School 14 and Jeremiah “JJ” Myers of Troy Middle School. Our hearts are broken and our thoughts and deepest condolences are with their family and loved ones during this terribly troubling time.

Because of the circumstances surrounding their death, information on this tragic event has become public and your child may have already heard about it. Young children can react to bad news in different ways, therefore, talking with your child is the best way to know how he or she is feeling.

Members of our crisis response team are available to meet with School 14 and Troy Middle School students individually and in groups next week when they return to school after the holiday recess.  Any conversations we may have with students will be addressed by our teachers and counselors in an age appropriate manner.  

We are partnering with the Boys and Girls Club to offer grief counseling at Troy Middle School on Friday, December 29, beginning at 10 a.m..

The Troy City School District is a close and supportive community and the loss of two of our innocent and promising children is especially devastating. Please look out for each other and keep Shanise, JJ, and their family in your hearts and minds.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or your school’s office if you feel your child is in need of additional assistance.


John Carmello
Troy City School District


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