Two men are arrested in connection with murder of a same-sex family with 2 kids


Two men have been arrested in connection with cutting throats of two lesbian women and their two kids. The family of four were tied up and killed in their home in Troy, New York. Shanta Myers, 36, and her girlfriend Brandi Mells, 22, were murdered along with Shanta’s daughter Shanise, 5, and son Jeremiah, 11. James White, 38, and Justin Mann, 24, both from Schenectady, New York, were arrested in connection with a crime, though they denied guilt. The two men were brought in for questioning on Friday and were arraigned on Saturday 30 December. “After being in this business for almost 42 years, I can’t describe the savagery of a person like this. I don’t know the word that it takes. We’re talking about the tragic taking of four lives here, especially two children whose lives were tragically ended,” said the man on the police behalf. Shanta’s other son Isaiah Smith, 15, said he was away in Massachusetts when he found out that the whole his family is gone, he is grieving and totally heartbroken. Shakera Symes, Shanta’s sister, teared up as she said that the murdered mother “was supposed to be with me and her children, all three of them, for Christmas, and I got robbed of that. It feels like somebody’s ripped us to shreds, and we only have each other right now, and we are grasping and holding on to each other for dear life.”


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