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April 24, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
As 14-year-old Nathaniel Wells recalled, "We started busting on them. " It was Wells and two teen boys on one side of 19th Street in South Philadelphia and two teenage girls on the other, taunting each other about looks and clothes. It was harmless until it wasn't, when 14-year-old Azim Chaplin looked up and said: "I'm stabbed. " "I lifted up his shirt and just saw blood," Wells said. Wells' testimony on Tuesday persuaded a Municipal Court judge to order 15-year-old Amber Hellesten to stand trial on a charge of third-degree murder in the Feb. 11 stabbing that killed Chaplin in a confrontation in the 2100 block of Watkins Street.
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April 24, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
NATE WELLS says the encounter started out as "busting" - ribbing someone over his or her fashion sense. It ended with his buddy "Zeem" lying on the pavement on Watkins Street near 21st in Point Breeze, bleeding from a stab wound to his chest. Yesterday, Wells, 14, laid out his account of what led to the fatal stabbing of Azim "Zeem" Chaplin, 14, on that night in February during a preliminary hearing for Chaplin's alleged killer. And after a heated testimony, Judge James M. DeLeon approved third-degree-murder charges for that suspect, Amber Hellesten, a girl one year Chaplin's senior.
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April 23, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TWO SOUTH Philly families were torn apart on Feb. 11. This morning, they hope new light will be shed on what happened that night on Watkins Street. Amber Hellesten, 15, faces a preliminary hearing today on murder and related offenses after she allegedly stabbed Azim Chaplin, 14, in the chest nearly three months ago on Watkins near 21st, in Point Breeze. Chaplin, whose heart was pierced in the attack, died a few days later at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, according to police.
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April 18, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update: Tiffany Goldwire surrendered at Police Headquarters Thursday afternoon. Earlier Story Police say Tiffany Goldwire knew that her boyfriend had left a cocked and loaded .357-caliber revolver on top of the refrigerator in her West Philadelphia home one morning this month. And police say she knew the gun was later put under a bed in the master bedroom, where she left her four young children to play alone. The children found the gun and began playing with it. At one point, police say, her 2-year-old son took the gun in his tiny hands and pointed it at sister Jamara Stevens, 11. The bullet struck the girl in her arm and passed through her chest, fatally wounding her. On Wednesday, the District Attorney's Office announced that prosecutors had charged Goldwire with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of children, and weapons offenses.
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April 16, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police are investigating an incident in which a 21-year-old man fell to his death from an apartment building near Temple University on Saturday. The man, whose name has not been released, was visiting friends who attend the university, police said. About 12:10 a.m., police responded to a call on the 1800 block of North 10th Street, where they found the man lying in the street, bleeding and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 12:46 at Temple University Hospital. Police found the fifth-floor apartment from which the man fell and forced their way in after no one responded to a knock at the door, police said.
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April 10, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IT WAS ABOUT 4 p.m. on Monday when Andre Washington Sr. saw his son for the last time. The two chatted in Washington's kitchen in Jenkintown as they waited for their dinner to cook. Then, the man told his pop that he was going to take a walk to his girlfriend's house. A few hours later, Washington opened his front door and came face to face with Abington Township Police officers. "I just hit the floor," Washington said. "It was like getting stabbed in the back. " They told him his son, who inherited his name, was dead, struck by a SEPTA Regional Rail train as he was walking on the tracks of the West Trenton Line near Noble Station, off Old York Road near Baeder, not far from that same kitchen.
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April 7, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
  PHILADELPHIA An 11-year-old girl was shot and killed, evidently accidentally by her 2-year-old sibling, after one of the girl's siblings found a loaded gun left atop a refrigerator in a house on the 3800 block of Wallace Street in Philadelphia on Saturday, police said. The girl was struck in the right shoulder at 9:53 a.m., the bullet tearing through her chest so badly that efforts at emergency surgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia could not keep her alive, said Lt. John Walker.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JOSEPH ZYSK was taken to jail in handcuffs yesterday upon being convicted by a Philadelphia jury of involuntary manslaughter for the fatal beating of his ex-girlfriend's 3-year-old son in 2011. But that wasn't enough for the family of Jason Larkin Jr., who died of blunt-force trauma and internal bleeding after suffering body punches from Zysk in the Roxborough home he shared with the boy's mother. A third-degree murder conviction could've kept Zysk, 30, in state prison for 20 to 40 years.
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