Victim’s surviving son, community members, attend grief session following Troy murders
TROY -- About 100 people showed up to a grief counseling session for community members impacted by the gruesome quadruple murder in Troy.
The bodies of 36-year-old Shanta Myers, her two young children 5-year-old Shanise and 11-year-old Jeremiah, and her partner 22-year-old Brandi Mells were found in their basement apartment Tuesday.
Now various organizations have a plan in place to help everyone dealing with the incredible loss, including the victim's surviving son,15-yr-old Isaiah Smith.
“I got a lot of support from people that I didn’t even know knew my mother so I’m thankful for that,” Smith said.
The bodies of Isaiah's family members were discovered the day after Christmas, while the teen was on a trip to Massachusetts.
Tafari Harper is an Outreach Coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club, and helped organize Friday’s meeting at Troy Middle School.
Friday morning the Troy Boys and Girls Club, the Troy City School District and Isaiah's family met with caring community members and grief counselors to discuss their plan to support everyone affected.
“A lot of information that is needed on how do we move forward with this kind of grief,” Harper said.
Boys and Girls Club Director of Urban Grief Lisa Good led the discussion. Her cousin was murdered when she was a teen.
“So much of the grief associated with urban violence goes unacknowledged and unaddressed, so it’s important we take the right steps to support the kids and families here,” Good said.
Police have yet to name a suspect or even a person of interest in the case, but Troy Police Captain Dan DeWolf says the investigation is "very active."
“There’s a ton of information coming in and we're feeling good about the investigation, and it’s just, I can’t speak about what it is that we’re doing because it can certainly harm the investigation. You don’t want to tip off whoever it is you could be looking at,” DeWolf said.
Isaiah and his family have been pleading with anyone who has information about the murders to come forward.
“I’m going to be around my family until they catch the guy who did this, because we don’t know if he’s looking for me or whatever, so I’m just sticking with the people I’m going to be safe with,” Smith said.
Representatives from the Boys and Girls Club say they plan to offer grief counseling to those who need it for at least six months.
The 11-year-old victim was a member of the organization's basketball team.