Man charged in murder of former Phila. principal

David Lawrence, of N. 50th Street, was charged July 8, 2010 with murder and robbery in connection with the death of former high school principal Ennis Manns.
David Lawrence, of N. 50th Street, was charged July 8, 2010 with murder and robbery in connection with the death of former high school principal Ennis Manns.
Posted: July 08, 2011

A 39-year-old man has been arrested and charged in the slaying of a former Philadelphia middle school principal in West Philadelphia last week, police said.

Ennis Kirby Manns, 58, of Elkins Park, was found bleeding from his head and unresponsive after police responded to a report of a robbery in progress in the first block of North 50th Street in West Philadelphia on July 1, officials said.

On Thursday, police arrested David Lawrence who lives on the street and charged him with murder in the death of Manns.

Police said Manns died from blunt trauma to the head.

Manns had been principal of the Edwin H. Vare Middle School South Philadelphia until his retirement in 2010. He also had been principal at the Decatur and Bryant elementary.

Manns then joined music producer Kenny Gamble's nonprofit Universal Companies Inc. as an education consultant. Universal's work include managing charters schools.

In a statement, Janis Butler, Universal's executive vice president for education, mourned Manns' death.

"We're all in a state of disbelief over the murder of Ennis Manns," she said. "Many on our education team are having difficulty coming to terms with this kind of senseless violence against a gentle man."

"He had been in our office just two days before his death," Butler said. "Ennis had an extremely positive way about him and a great sense of humor. He was a total team player and will be sorely missed by the Universal family."

Manns is survived by his wife Carolyn B. Manns and daughter Nicole Mayo.

Services are set for Saturday morning at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Ambler.


Kristen Graham contributed to this article.

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