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Memorial slated, court date set in Troy killings

Memorial slated, court date set in Troy killings

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Memorial slated, court date set in Troy killings
Clockwise from top left: Shanise Myers, 5; Jeremiah "J.J." Myers, 11; Brandi Mells, 22; and Shanta Myers, 36.
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TROY — A memorial service for the Myers family, killed in their Second Avenue apartment last month, has been scheduled for Saturday, officials said.

The service is to be open to the public and starts at 1:30 p.m. in Troy Middle School, the school 11-year-old Jeremiah "J.J." Myers attended. The family reserved the space for the memorial, school officials said.

Jeremiah, his 5-year-old sister Shanise, their mother, Shanta Myers, 36, and the mother's partner, Brandi Mells, 22, were all found slain inside their 158 Second Ave. apartment on Dec. 26.

Police now believe the family was killed Dec. 21 by two ex-convicts who lived in Schenectady.

Those men, James W. White, 38, of 850 Albany St., and Justin C. Mann, 24, of 627 Hamilton St., now face multiple murder counts, including first-degree murder. They were arrested Friday night.

White had served time for a 1999 Bronx manslaughter; Mann for a 2013 Queens street robbery.

Both White and Mann are due back in court Thursday for a scheduled preliminary hearing in the case.

Such hearings could include testimony to keep the pair held. An indictment, however, could head off the hearing and would have the same effect as a hearing and keep them in custody.

Shanta Myers has been remembered as a mother who loved to cook. Her son loved to play basketball and hoped to be a fireman someday. Mells, Shanta's partner, took in the family after they lost a previous apartment.

Myers has a surviving older child, Isaiah, 16, who lived with local family members and was not present.

The Troy Boys & Girls Club is also raising money through a GoFundMe in memory of the victims. Jeremiah had been a member of the club for six years. By Wednesday night, that effort had raised more than $48,000.

The funds were originally earmarked for funeral services. But those services have been donated, the post states. The funds will now be used to provide mental health services for children, family and community members, as well as scholarship and living money for Isaiah.

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