TROY, NY — New and horrifying details have emerged related to the murders of an upstate mother, her two children and her domestic partner whose bodies were found in a basement in upstate New York.
Multiple law enforcement sources said that the victims were all bound — with their throats slashed — when they were found on Tuesday, according to the Albany Times Union.
The victims of the quadruple homicide have been identified as an 11-year-old boy, a 5-year-old girl, a 22-year-old woman, and a 36-year-old woman. Police said that the two children belong to one of the women, and that the other adult female was her domestic partner.
Authorities are not releasing their identities pending notification of relatives.
The family lived in Troy’s Lansingburgh neighborhood, which runs along the Hudson River. In a televised news conference, Troy Police Chief James Tedesco said:
“After being in this business for nearly 42 years, I can say I have not seen savagery like this. Only a person of savagery would do something like this.”
Police have not revealed how the victims were killed – but autopsies are expected to provide more details.
A local pastor told the Times Union that an older son, who is related to the two children, was not home when the killings occurred.
The killings have terrified the local community, where many residents knew the family.
Albany’s Victory Christian Church is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer or killers.
Chief Tedesco pledged the department’s complete and unwavering commitment to this case, stating:
“This is not a random act. I can only ask that if you know anything, please call us. … [T]here’s not a resource we won’t tap. This will be a full-court press until somebody’s brought to justice.”
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Main photo: 158 2nd Ave. in Troy, New York [Google Maps]