Vigil held for mother, daughter victims of double murder

August 13, 2017 10:39 AM

GLENS FALLS -- What happened to a mother and daughter in Glens Falls this week is a tragedy so unspeakable, it left many at a loss for words.

"I'm just heartbroken that somebody could do that to a woman and her baby,” said Mary Ann Johnson. “I don't even know what else to say. You know I'm just trying to keep my daughter together. She's 34. And she's traumatized."

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Flowers and stuffed animals formed a memorial for 33-year-old Crystal Riley and her 4-year-old daughter Lilly Frasier outside of their home at 148 South Street.

Riley’s mother discovered the pair Friday morning after they were stabbed to death inside of the house.

Johnson said Riley and her daughter were childhood friends.

She also said Riley has two other sons.

"Not only their sister how do you explain that to children that your mother isn’t here,” she said. Your mother can't come pick you up today. Your mother is not going to see you today."

She was among dozens of people in the community who leaned on each other during a vigil for the victims Saturday night.

“Everyone around here has kids,” said Diane Maille-Cook. “And nobody knew what the motive was and still don't really. But the neighbors were definitely scared.”

She was an awesome person. She was a great mother. She took excellent care of her children. She worked very, very hard,” Said Holly Johnson.

The mother of three said Riley also took care of her kids in daycare going back over a decade.

21-year-old Bryan Redden pleaded not guilty Friday night to murder charges involving the stabbings.

Police said he had a recent relationship with Riley.

“I know he did it because he had told police where he evidence was,” Johnson said.

Police believe he stabbed the victims before taking off in a gold Toyota Highlander he was later found driving. 

The SUV is believed to be the victim's car.

“I'm very angry,” Johnson said. “I want the man to suffer. I just can't understand it.” 

Police also said Redden is homeless.

Some neighbors describe him as a drifter.


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