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Two people have been arrested in the "horrific" murder of two women and a pair of children in their home in upstate NY.

Mann and White, both residents of Schenectady, N.Y., were arraigned on Saturday, charged with the murders of Brandi Mells, 22, her partner, 36-year-old Shanta Myers, and two of Myers's children, Shanise Myers, 5, and Jeremiah Myers, 11.

Tedesco said the crime took place on December 21. The suspects were sent to the Rensselaer County Jail to await their next court appearance, on Thursday. "The rapid apprehension and arrest of two suspects in connection with this tragic crime is welcome news for our community and the victims' families impacted by this senseless tragedy", Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, a Democrat, said in a statement. One of the women was found dead on a mattress on the floor while the other was nearby, face down and covered with a sheet. They also found a second knife on a bed near the victims, who were all in close proximity.

Preliminary hearings for Mann and White are scheduled for January 4. Mann had been on parole.

Police haven't released details of the killings, but Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said earlier this week that he couldn't describe the "savagery" of the killer.

Tedesco said it was a great relief to have the two men in custody. The money will be used to provide mental health services for the family and to set up a scholarship and provide resources for Isaiah Smith, Myers' 15-year-old son and the sole survivor in the family. "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".

"I'm scared to go to the corner store", he told the Albany Times-Union. Mann appeared to break down as he was led out of court.