Drexel student stabbed to death in W. Phila.

Evan Morris, a Drexel University senior, was stabbed to death today. He is seen here in a 2010 photo on his Facebook account.
Evan Morris, a Drexel University senior, was stabbed to death today. He is seen here in a 2010 photo on his Facebook account.
Posted: July 29, 2011

It appears that a 22-year-old Drexel University student stabbed to death this morning was killed in self-defense, police said today.

As a result, the man who stabbed Evan Morris may not be charged, said Philadelphia Police Capt. James Clark.

"Things could change, and we're still investigating, but that's what it looks like right now," Clark said.

Police said Morris, a senior, got into an argument last night with a man who was living in the apartment on the 3400 block of Race Street. Hours after the argument, Clark said, Morris came to the apartment and kicked in the downstairs door of the three-story apartment building, then the door to the second-floor apartment.

Inside the apartment, Morris and the other man, who has not been identified, fought over a knife until Morris was stabbed. At least one other person was in the apartment at the time, police said.

Police responded to a call of a break-in under way and found Morris dying from stab wounds when they arrived, officials said.

Drexel University said the stabbing grew out of an altercation involving "a student from another university."

Police questioned the man who allegedly stabbed Morris and spoke with several other witnesses.

Police said officers got the call about 4:55 a.m. to go to the 3400 block of Race Street in Powelton Village for a man who had kicked in the front of door of duplex housing apartments.

The street borders the Drexel campus.

On arrival, the officers found Morris on the second floor with stab wounds to the chest, cheek and head, police said.

Medics took him to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead at 5:58 a.m., police said.

A young man and young woman who left the gray stone duplex om the tree lined street this morning declined to say anything and drove off in a black Jeep.

Passerby Kevin Patterson, 21, a rising junior at Drexel from Bucks County said he was upset he had not learned about the stabbing via the university's crime alert system.

"We have a great crime reporting system," he said. "They tell you everything from the details of the crime to safety tips."

The university said a DrexelALERT was not sent because the person who allegedly stabbed Morris was in police custody and there was no threat to the public.

Drexel said its Counseling Center was offering assistance to "members of the community who have been affected by this tragic event."


Daily News staff writer Dana DiFilippo and Inquirer staff writer Allison Steele contributed to this article.

Contact the Online Breaking News Desk at online@phillynews.com or 215-854-2443.   

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