Ex-lover charged with killing mother in front of 4-year-old

Posted: February 28, 2013

Two hours into his 62d birthday, authorities early Wednesday charged auto repairman Anthony G. Alexander with murdering the mother of his son in front of the 4-year-old's eyes, according to court records and relatives of the victim.

Police said Jennifer Fitzpatrick, 37, was shot in the chest outside her West Philadelphia residence at 8:06 a.m. Tuesday, one day after she had obtained a restraining order against Alexander. Not long afterward, police arrested Alexander on the 4700 block of Brown Street outside the auto repair shop he owns. Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokesman, said the motive was domestic.

Alexander, who lives on the 5300 block of Carpenter Street, allegedly chased Fitzpatrick with a shotgun across Cedar Avenue on Tuesday morning, according to her neighbors, who said they witnessed the crime.

Alexander allegedly fired multiple shots during the chase while children were walking to school, neighbors said. It was the final shot at point-blank range that struck and killed Fitzpatrick, a mother of four, outside of her home on the 500 block of South Yewdall Street, neighbors said. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Fitzpatrick's relatives said Alexander "was a jilted ex-boyfriend." They said Fitzpatrick recently broke up with Alexander. "She was a beautiful mom who took care of her kids," one of Fitzpatrick's cousins said.

A resident who lives near the repair shop said Alexander "does good business" and that Fitzpatrick used to work there. He described Alexander as a "nice guy" and said he never thought Alexander would be charged with murder.

Alexander was charged with murder, violation of a protective order, possession of a crime instrument, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 13.


Contact Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman at sabdur-rahman@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @sabdurr.

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