Slaying continues Camden’s record homicide pace

Posted: September 27, 2012

Camden City recorded its 48th homicide of the year on Tuesday, creeping closer to its record of 58.

Stephen Thomas, 18, of Camden was shot multiple times around North 35th Street and Rosedale Avenue in the East Camden neighborhood around 8:20 p.m., the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and city police said. Thomas was found lying in the street when authorities arrived.

He died shortly afterward at Cooper University Hospital.

The record of 58 homicides was set in 1995. With more than a quarter of the year left, 2012 is on pace to have about 65.

Two of the most grisly homicides this year took the lives of children several weeks ago. Authorities are looking into whether those killings were linked to a virulent strain of the drug PCP.

Chevonne Thomas, 33, decapitated her 2-year-old son, Zahree, on Aug. 22 in the Parkside section and placed his head in the freezer before committing suicide.

On Sept. 2, Osvaldo Rivera, 31, fatally stabbed a 6-year-old boy, and raped and stabbed his 12-year-old sister in the city's Centerville section, authorities said.

Rivera told police that he had smoked a substance known as "wet" before the attack, according to authorities.

Contact Darran Simon at 856-779-3829 or at, or follow on Twitter @darransimon.

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