Arrest made in murder of aspiring boxer

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Posted: January 29, 2014

POLICE have arrested a Southwest Philadelphia man in the shooting death earlier this month of Jahmeer Alphonso Jett, an aspiring boxer who was the son of a Philadelphia police officer.

Kevin Davis, 26, of 61st Street near Buist Avenue, was charged Saturday with murder and related offenses for allegedly gunning down Jett, 19, outside his home on Grays Avenue near 62nd in Southwest Philadelphia at 5:50 p.m. Jan. 17.

Jett died 20 minutes later at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Investigators determined that a gunman approached Jett from behind and fired multiple shots into his back at point-blank range before running away.

Police listed the motive as retaliation but offered no further details.

Court records show that Davis has a history of arrests for drug offenses, burglary and disorderly conduct dating back to 2007. At the time of Jett's death, Davis was facing trial Jan. 30 for a drug case, records show. He now awaits a Feb. 12 preliminary hearing on the murder charge.

As a member of the Upper Darby Boxing Gym, Jett traveled nationally competing in amateur boxing bouts. He ended his career with a 35-5 record, according to his obituary. His father is a bicycle-patrol officer in Center City's 9th District, according to police sources.

His funeral was held yesterday at Memorial Baptist Church in Overbrook.


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