'They killed my son!'

GABRIELA BARRANTES / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER One of the victim's sisters reacts at the scene of the fatal shooting yesterday at Somerset Street and Park Avenue.
GABRIELA BARRANTES / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER One of the victim's sisters reacts at the scene of the fatal shooting yesterday at Somerset Street and Park Avenue.
Posted: March 24, 2014

IT WAS QUIET on Park Avenue yesterday afternoon, except for the occasional gust of wind, as Kasim Covil lay out in the sun.

Then came the sound of approaching footsteps, heavy and fast, then shrieks and guttural moans from relatives who spotted Covil's motionless frame.

"They killed my son!" Eric Covil cried, pointing his finger toward William Street, where a handful of Crime Scene Unit officers and homicide detectives loomed over a white sheet that covered Kasim Covil's body.

Karya Covil tried to push past a ribbon of yellow crime-scene tape and a pair of police officers.

"I need to see my brother!" she howled. "I need to see him!"

Police said the 22-year-old was shot once in the head and once in the chest just after noon. One investigator said it appeared his killer had fired at point-blank range.

The motive was unclear, and there wasn't a description of the shooter.

Karya Covil, 23, said her brother lived with her and other relatives in another part of North Philly. He had a 2-year-old son.

She didn't know why he was in the neighborhood where he was gunned down. She said another relative received an anonymous call about noon that Covil had been shot.

"He was a good dad, a good person," she said. "He just wanted to take care of us and take care of his son."

Covil said her brother had found it difficult to find a job because he had a criminal record. Court records show that he pleaded guilty to drug charges in separate cases in 2012 and 2013, and was also found guilty of drug possession in 2011. He received separate probation sentences.

"Something has to be done about the violence in this city," his sister said. "Young people are getting shot all the time."


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