Cop and 5 others killed over weekend, but just 1 arrest made

FBI agents join Philadelphia police in the search for evidence along Cecil B. Moore Avenue near where Officer Moses Walker Jr. was fatally shot early Saturday morning.
FBI agents join Philadelphia police in the search for evidence along Cecil B. Moore Avenue near where Officer Moses Walker Jr. was fatally shot early Saturday morning. (   ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
Posted: August 23, 2012

THE MURDER of Officer Moses Walker Jr. on a North Philadelphia street Saturday morning was one of six slayings in the city from early Friday through Sunday.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said Tuesday that investigators are "actively working all those cases," adding that "it's important not to let any one case overshadow any of the others."

An arrest has been made in one of the cases, but homicide detectives, understandably involved in an all-out drive to find the killer of a cop, also must work on the four other cases that are not in the public glare.

In one of those cases, Diane Jones, whose brother, Bryan, 47, was fatally shot Friday night on his porch on Rockland Street near Germantown Avenue, in Germantown, said Tuesday that more could be done in the case.

Diane, 54, was in the house when Bryan was shot multiple times by a heavyset man wearing a polo shirt.

She said that although homicide detectives came to the house after the slaying and have been in touch by phone, she has not seen them canvassing the neighborhood or following up on leads she said she gave them.

Cops have arrested or identified suspects in two of the six cases. The city has offered $20,000 rewards in each unsolved case, although other sources helped bring the reward in the cop's killing to $118,000 at last count.

The murder of Walker, 40, as he was walking on Cecil B. Moore Avenue to catch a bus after his overnight shift at the 22nd District, 17th Street and Montgomery Avenue, has spurred a public outcry.

Investigators have been working around the clock on the case. They have received numerous tips, conducted interviews and released surveillance videos of two men suspected in the shooting.

"Any time you lose someone that you know, it's going to take an emotional toll," Ramsey said. "We've had a lot of police officers that have died tragically . . . but we're not able to shut our doors mourning. . . . We all have to keep pushing forward."

A video released Monday shows two men on the south side of the 1900 block of Cecil B. Moore tailing Walker, who is on the north side. The video shows one then crossing over to Walker, near 20th Street. Police say that's where the robbery was announced and Walker was shot.

A second video, released Tuesday, shows a crisper image of the two suspects walking north on 19th Street toward Cecil B. Moore. One man, believed to be the gunman, is black, bald, possibly with a beard or goatee. He is wearing a light-hued, hooded sweatshirt and dark shorts.

The second man is also black. He wears a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark shorts.

Ramsey said Tuesday afternoon that funeral services tentatively were planned for Deliverance Evangelistic Church in North Philadelphia, with a wake Sunday and a service Monday.

The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service are assisting police in the investigation. Ramsey stressed that federal law-enforcement officers have already been helping out since June in the 22nd District, where Walker was shot, and in the 24th, 25th and 12th districts.

The other four homicides:

* 12:20 a.m. Friday: Idris Bilal, 19, of Master Street near 30th, shot on 29th Street near Oxford in Brewerytown. Killer at large.

* 2:15 a.m. Saturday: Dwayne Dixon, 22, of Darby, Delaware County, shot in a car on Girard Avenue near 49th Street in West Philadelphia. Killer at large.

* 3:40 a.m. Saturday, Edward Wilson, 23, shot on 63rd Street near Woodland Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. Cops seeking a known suspect.

* 4:20 p.m. Sunday: Donald Mines, 20, shot on Wells Street near Loretto Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. George Cobb, 25, arrested and charged with murder.

Contact Julie Shaw at 215-854-2592 or Follow her on Twitter @julieshawphilly.

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