Police in Troy, New York, are searching for the person behind the murder of an adult lesbian couple and their two children.
According to WTEN, police found four people dead in a basement in Lansingburgh, New York on Tuesday. The victims included two adult womenaged 22 and 36and two children, an 11-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl.
“After being in this business for almost 42 years, I can’t describe the savagery of a person like this,” Troy police chief James Tedesco said. “I don’t know of a word that could say.”
Tedesco said the women lived with the children in a basement apartment. Tedesco did not indicate a manner of death, motive or type of weapon used. The bodies were discovered by a property manager.
“We feel that someone who commits a crime of this magnitude is capable of anything, but we do not believe it was a random act,” Tedesco said, WTEN reports.
According to WTEN, community members are horrified by the crime.
“How could something like this happen?” city councilman Mark McGrath asked. “What would drive any individual or individuals to attack children like that?”
He added, “That somebody did such a violent horrific act to a child, people are a little bit on edge.”
Troy police have not yet isolated a suspect, but are looking for any knowledge related to the incident, according to a Facebook post.
In 2016, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs reported 77 total homicides of LGBTQ people, including those lost in the Pulse nightclub shooting.