Family, friends and strangers came together outside 158 2nd Avenue to show their love for children Shanise Myers and her brother Jeremiah, as well as their mother Shanta Myers and her girlfriend Brandi Mells.
"After being in this business for nearly 42 years I can't describe the savagery of a person like this", Police Chief John Tedesco said this week as police searched for the killer. Tedesco hasn't revealed details about the murder or the cause of death but says it was "horrific".
A GoFundMe campaign has been created to set up a scholarship and provide resources for Isaiah Smith, Myers' surviving 16-year-old son.
Police have said a preliminary investigation of the crime scene suggested the victims were targeted.
"I'm scared to go to the corner store", he told the Albany Times-Union. "Something that they are trying to get their heads around.I can't say enough about the level of commitment and effort that law enforcement, some of who are here today have put into this case to get us where we are today".
Police said security cameras played a key role in the suspects' arrest. Police said autopsies would be conducted Wednesday, but results have not been released. Their bodies were discovered days later on December 26, by the property manager. Police responded to the building on Second Avenue in Troy, a city eight miles northeast of Albany, about 12:50 p.m.
Police said they do not have any motive for the brutal killings, but are confident there isn't another suspect.
Pastor Jackie Robinson Sr. of the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Troy said Shanta Myers had been a bus monitor for many years for Durham School Services, which runs the Troy school system's buses.
We'll keep you updated as new developments are made public.
Family members told reporters at the Boys & Girls Club on Thursday that Myers was mild-mannered and always willing to help someone, usually by offering to cook a tasty meal.