The sole survivor of the family of four found slain in upstate New York is scared he’ll be targeted like his mom and two siblings, reports said.
“I’m scared to go to the corner store,” Isaiah Smith, the 15-year-old son of slain mom Shanta Myers told reporters Thursday evening at the Troy Boys & Girls Club according to the Times Union. He said he was away from the home at the time of the murder.
“I’m not sure if they’re coming for me next.”
Smith and his aunt Shakera Symes are desperate for answers and begging the public to come forward with information that could help investigators find the suspects behind the savage murder, the outlet reported.
“Give the information to the authorities so that they can help find the person who has destroyed us, emotionally, mentally,” Symes, the sister of 36-year-old Myers, told reporters.
“It feels like somebody has ripped us to shreds.”
She said the family won’t be able to rest until the suspect, or suspects, are found.
Myers, two of her three children and her girlfriend were all found bound with slit throats the day after Christmas in their basement apartment.
Troy police have not provided any details on the suspects but assure the public there is no risk of imminent danger because the victims appeared to be targeted, although it is unclear how or why.
Family members took turns sharing tidbits about the slain family, saying Myers was mild-mannered and obliging, quick to offer help or a tasty home-cooked meal.
Her son Jeremiah, 11, was a regular at the Boys & Girls Club in Troy and dreamed of playing pro basketball for the Boston Celtics.
“He was the quintessential ‘Club Kid’ who impacted the lives of so many staff, children and teens, parents and volunteers,” the club said in a statement.
“It will be deeply felt by all his friends at the club and throughout our community.”
Shanise, 5, was a budding chef with a stubborn streak, family said.
“That girl was like a grown woman in a little body,” Khalif Coleman, Myers’s nephew said of the young girl.
“You ain’t telling that girl what to do, she will be in your face.”
Little Shanise was supposed to show off her cooking skills with a pot of spaghetti on Christmas but she never got the chance.
“My sister was supposed to be with me and her children, all three of them, for Christmas and I got robbed of that opportunity,” Symes said, tears spilling from her sad eyes.
She can’t understand why something so gruesome could happen to her loved ones, who were respected members of the community, living a low-profile life.
“I would have never had any reason to believe that what the current situation is would have ever happen in a million years,” Symes said.
“I had no reason to believe this at all.”
She added as the days go by, her family has become more fearful, unsure of why their relatives were targeted and who could be next.
“They were home, safe in their house. Understand how important the safety of your house is,” Symes said.
“It’s about the answers that we deserve and we need.”