An update on our story about the quadruple homicide in Troy, New York. The victims have been identified and two suspects have been arrested and charged. Full details below.
Police in Troy, New York may have caught the break they were looking for in a quadruple homicide that we reported on previously. Two suspects have been arrested and charged with murder. The victims have also been identified and work is being done to financially help the lone survivor of the slain family.
James W. White, 38, and Justin C. Mann, 24, both from Schenectady, New York, were arrested on December 29, 2017. They are each charged with one count of first-degree murder and four counts of second-degree murder.
They are accused of killing Shanta Myers, 36, her two children Shanise, 5, and Jeremiah, 11, and Myers’ partner Brandi Mells, 22.
Both men pleaded not guilty and are set to return to court on January 4, 2018.
More Details Revealed
While details of the murders are still being kept quiet, authorities have revealed that one of the two men was acquainted with the family.
White has previously done time for manslaughter, while Mann has been in prison in the past for robbery.
Police have not disclosed whether there is any connection between these murders and the 2014 Chen family murders, which were committed 10 miles away from Troy in Guilderland, New York.
When the story of the Troy murders first broke, there were a lot of comparisons to the Chen family murders.
A Community Joins Together in Its Grief
Myers’ eldest son, 16-year-old Isaiah, was not at the family home when the murders occurred. The community has subsequently rallied around the boy.
Funeral services for his mother, her partner, and his siblings are being paid for with donations. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with Isaiah’s grief counseling, as well as possible future mental health bills and living expenses. As of this writing, the fund is up to $45,000.