GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Two young brothers found slain with their parents last week in a suburban Albany home have been identified by school officials, with their principal describing them as "kind, gentle and joyful" boys.
The bodies of 10-year-old Anthony Chen and his 7-year-old brother Eddy were found Wednesday with their parents. School officials named the boys in a statement posted online Saturday.
The bodies of Jin Feng Chen, 39, and his wife Hai Yan Li, 38, were also found in the home along a busy residential and commercial stretch of road just west of Albany. Police identified them last week but declined to identify the children because of their age.
Guilderland Elementary School Principal Allan Lockwood said in the online statement that Anthony and Eddy Chen were well-liked by students and teachers.
Anthony Chen, a fifth grader, loved to draw intricate designs in a notebook and friends believed he might grow up to be an architect, the statement said.
The school said Eddy Chen, in the second grade, was "curious by nature" and enjoyed conducting science experiments, bowling and writing stories. This fall he had joined his older brother on the school gardening club.
"Quiet by nature, they loved being in school and were friends with all of their classmates," the district's statement said. "They also clearly loved each other."
Authorities have declined to release details of the case, including how the victims died or whether there are possible suspects. They have said they don't think neighbors have anything to fear.
Officials said the four victims were of Chinese descent, but disclosed no other information. Police said they had to enlist help from interpreters to question people for their ongoing investigation.