GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police continue to investigate what they are calling a brutal murder of a mother and her young daughter in Glens Falls.
The killings happened Friday morning and police in Glens Falls released information about the man they believe is responsible on Monday.
People are continuing to add to a memorial for Crystal Riley and her 4-year-old daughter Lilly Frasier.
People who knew the mother and daughter are still coming to remember their lives. Among them was Jacqueline Nash who went to high school with Riley.
“She was always a lot of fun she was always upbeat. We always had a fun time when we hung out after school. I just have really fond warm memories of her more than anything.”
Police say the man they believe responsible is 21-year-old Bryan Redden, who is originally from West Virginia.
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Redden pleaded not guilty to the murder charges now facing him.
Glens Falls Police Chief Anthony Lyndon says there still is no clear motive.
“I don’t believe that we’re ever going to know why. We’re never going to have that story completely told because we’re only getting one side of that story.”
Police say it appears Redden was invited into the home on South Street then killed the mother and daughter by cutting their throats and necks with a knife.
A source close to the investigation says Redden killed Riley first before turning on the little girl.
“I don’t think anyone of us in this room can begin to explain how you commit such a horrific act against a child. I don’t think that we’ll ever be able to understand that.”
Records show Redden was homeless and police say he moved to the area about a year ago. That was around the same time Nash says he started working at a nearby restaurant with some of her friends.
“Someone that they know, that they worked with, could actually do this to someone they think is just it’s unbearable for some of them.”
Nash has a son the same age as Lilly and says the death of the little girl and her high school friend is heartbreaking.
“Lives change and things grow apart. I remember the Crystal I used to know and it’s just a shame. It’s a tragedy.”
Riley had two other children who were not there at the time of the crimes.
Police say Redden has no criminal record in New York or elsewhere.
Police are confident in more charges coming against him.