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Vigil held, reward offered in response to Troy murders

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TROY -- Four candles glowed quietly in the night Wednesday, one for each life taken down the street in one of Troy's most heinous crimes.

"It's just horrible. I don't know what kind of a person would do that," said Rensselaer resident Cortlyn Cooney. Cooney's mother-in-law lives just down the street from the scene.

Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said "being in this business for almost 42 years I can't describe the savagery of a person like this."

Police say a 5-year-old girl, her 11-year-old brother, their mother, and her female partner were all found dead in their basement apartment the day after Christmas.

Tedesco would not comment on their cause of death.

"I don't need to speak about the horrific events that took place in that apartment."

Tedesco did say their bodies were found by the property manager who was asked to do a welfare check.

He says no one is in custody and they don't have a person of interest, but he says police don't believe the public is in danger.

"I don't think there's any doubt that someone that committed a crime of this magnitude is capable of anything, but we do not believe it was a random act."

The Chief says they will use every resource to bring whoever is responsible to justice.

But in the meantime, members of community circled around candles in the cold say they'll be ready to help any way they can.

"Support and love from other people is definitely needed," Cooney said.

Police say autopsies were conducted today on the four victims.

Their identities have not yet been released.

Victory Christian Church in Albany is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

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