The New York Post reported that after the discovery of the crime shocked police in upstate New York. White and Mann were arraigned in Troy City Court on Saturday on murder charges and pleaded not guilty.
Troy police on Thursday identified 36-year-old Shanta Myers; her children, 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers and 5-year-old Shanise Myers; and Mells as the victims of the quadruple homicide discovered Tuesday afternoon.
No suspects have been identified, but police believe the victims were targeted.
The family was found dead inside the basement apartment where they lived.
White, 38, and Justin C. Mann, 24, both of Schenectady, New York, near Albany, were arrested Friday night.
Shakera Symes tells Spectrum News in Albany the entire family is devastated over the killings of Shanta Myers, her 5-year-old daughter, her 11-year-old son and Brandi Mells. Shanta Myers (Mother to both children), 36 years old.
Isaiah, who was away in MA, said he was scared that the suspects were "coming for [him] next".
"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.
One phone call changed Isaiah Smith's life forever. "I fell down to the ground right in the bathroom and cried thinking who would've done this?"
The four were killed on December 21, and one of the defendants was acquainted with one of the victims, Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said at a news conference Saturday.
"After being in business for nearly 42 years I can't describe the savagery of a person like this", Todesco said.
He said the motive was unknown, adding that police were confident there would be no further arrests but that "it's certainly open as we continue". Jeremiah had been a member of the cub for six years.
"There's a lot of grieving that's going on, and it will continue to go on, but I think this will be a great opportunity for some closure for these families in the community", Monica Kurzejeski, deputy mayor of Troy, said at the news conference.