Foot-long blade used to slay roommate

Police say this 12-inch blade was plunged 12 times into Gregorio Lopez Pineda after he fought with a roommate over money.
Police say this 12-inch blade was plunged 12 times into Gregorio Lopez Pineda after he fought with a roommate over money.
Posted: October 25, 2012

A MAN WAS KILLED in Upper Darby Tuesday by his roommate, who used a 12-inch dagger emblazoned with a serpent, wings and a deformed face to stab his victim 12 times, police said.

Police were called to South Cedar Avenue about 3:30 a.m. and found Gregorio Lopez Pineda, 45, with eight stab wounds to his chest, one to his back, one to his neck and two to his arms, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

Pineda was pronounced dead on the scene and a witness was able to describe the suspect, Eddy Franco, 41, to police, Chitwood said. The victim, suspect and witness were all roommates.

Franco was found an hour later hiding barefoot three blocks away, police said. He has been charged with murder and related offenses.

Chitwood said that the unusual murder weapon was found by officers outside the crime scene once daylight broke.

The dagger belonged to Franco, who kept it in his room for self-defense, police said. Franco and Pineda were arguing over money before the slaying, Chitwood said.

The victim, assailant and witness are all Guatemalan and worked for a lawn-care company, Chitwood said.


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