One arrested man said to be talking in death of 3-year-old

Brandon Ruffin is charged with murder.
Brandon Ruffin is charged with murder.
Posted: August 07, 2014

The man suspected of killing a 3-year-old Grays Ferry girl in a street shooting last week has refused to cooperate with detectives - unlike his alleged companion, who was talking to police, a homicide official said Tuesday.

Brandon Ruffin, 22, was arrested late Monday on the 5600 block of Bloyd Street in East Germantown after detectives received a tip that he had been hiding at a friend's house there, Capt. James Clark said. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with murder.

Police said Ruffin and Douglas Woods, 22, were riding a bicycle - Ruffin on the handlebars, Woods pedaling - on the 1500 block of South Etting Street in Grays Ferry moments before the shooting Friday night. Ruffin opened fire on another man on the street, hitting him in the head.

Tynirah Borum, 3, and two others were also hit. A police officer held Tynirah in a squad car as it raced to a hospital, a police source said. She was later pronounced dead at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Ruffin is not talking, Clark said.

On Tuesday afternoon, the front porch where Tynirah was getting her hair braided when she was fatally wounded was covered in stuffed animals and candles. A woman at the door, who identified herself as the mother of the 28-year-old woman who had been on the porch with the child, declined to comment.


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