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November 21, 1992 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Get a body, and make the news. That's what the leaders of a West Philadelphia drug gang told new recruits in 1989, Assistant District Attorney David Desiderio said yesterday. In order to be "an accepted gang member," a recruit had to kill someone important enough to make the newspapers the next day, the prosecutor added. James White, 22, knew the rules, and was eager to join the gang. He decided to kill a cab driver on Feb. 17, 1989. But White, of Chestnut Street near 48th, didn't want to go solo, so he asked a friend, James McCarther, 21, a security guard who was trying to become a police officer, to accompany him. The two got into William Graham's cab and asked him to take them to Randolph Street near Jefferson.
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October 21, 1999 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
From her upstairs bedroom window in Chester, Anita Danner saw a group of men beating Barry Baker until he lay motionless on Honan Street. Shannon Parker, on trial for third-degree murder, stood watching the fight and laughing, she testified. Eventually, four of the men fled, but one stayed, leaning over Baker and "begging him not to die," she testified in Delaware County Court. Baker, 18, of Chester, was being initiated into the street gang known as the Crips in the early hours of Feb. 10, witnesses said.
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December 16, 1999 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Calling it a "justly deserved" sentence, a Delaware County judge yesterday ordered Shannon Parker to serve 15 to 30 years in state prison for his role in the fatal beating of an 18-year-old Chester man during a gang initiation. He also sent two accomplices to prison. Parker, 22, of Chester, was convicted of third-degree murder in October after witnesses - including two other gang members - testified about his participation in the Feb. 10 assault on Barry Baker as part of an initiation into the Crips, a Chester street gang.
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August 6, 2012 | By Clara Ritger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
HARRISBURG - After two young men were stabbed to death in a gang-related fight in December, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan decided it was time to look at preventive measures for gang activity. "We can punish gang members for the actual crime itself," Hogan said, describing the prosecution process after the homicides in Avondale, "but there is nothing that allows us to punish for gang involvement. " Hogan is prosecuting 12 people between ages 16 and 20 for offenses related to the killings.
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October 20, 1999 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Two Chester men pleaded guilty yesterday in the beating death of 18-year-old Barry Baker, but a third man has opted for a jury trial in the case. Baker died of head injuries from being repeatedly hit and kicked in what police have described as a gang initiation in the Highland Gardens section of Chester on Feb. 10. Omar Metts, 19, of Kane Street, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy as part of a negotiated plea agreement that requires him to offer "truthful" testimony in the case against Shannon Parker, 22, who is going to trial.
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March 7, 1999 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Four young Chester men have been charged with the beating death of an 18-year-old Philadelphia youth last month during what police described as a gang initiation that went too far, authorities said yesterday. The suspects were identified by Chester Police Commissioner Wendell N. Butler Jr. as Eric Starkey, 17, of the 2600 block of Kane Street; Ammean Gould, 20, and Omar Metts, 18, both also from Kane Street; and Shannon Parker, 22, of the 1000 block of Ward Street. They were charged in the killing of Barry Baker, of the 1100 block of 66th Street in Philadelphia.
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June 20, 2008 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court jury in Camden yesterday acquitted a reputed Bloods gang member of a 2005 murder, but convicted him on conspiracy and weapons charges. Corey Manderville was one of four people suspected of taking part in the killing of Dewey Marshall, 22, who was gunned down in the doorway of his Camden apartment. One of the others, Michael Coombs, testified last week, describing his gang initiation and giving a rare glimpse into the ethos and operations of the Bloods, a growing presence in Camden.
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November 11, 1994 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
This sounds like the kind of stunt that rotten kids on a television show would pull: spike their teacher's Snapple with dog tranquilizer while she concentrates on grading papers. Only it wasn't television. It was a real-life eighth-grade classroom at St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School on Route 13 in Croydon, Bucks County. Two kids plotted the sick stunt one morning last week. By recess, their 38- year-old lay teacher was feeling so poorly she went to the school nurse, complaining of headache and dizziness.
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April 4, 1993
TO THE GUY WHO SHOT MY SISTER Monterey, Calif. - About three hours ago, I got a long-distance call from my dad, Mister. He told me that somebody had shot my sister with a shotgun. My sister was 28, her birthday a week away. She was my big sister. I loved her, and you took her away from me. You shot her in a back alley in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, D.C., where she was walking her two dogs, Tonto and Pal. You drove by in your car, pointed your shotgun out the window at my sister's terrified face, and you pulled that trigger.
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August 8, 2007 | By Troy Graham and Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
In a city with all the sadly typical ills of drugs, guns and gangs, the weekend's schoolyard slaughter seems to have cut through the stop-snitchin' culture that has made murder unremarkable. The victims were four promising college students, hanging out in one of the city's safest, middle-class neighborhoods. Three were executed, on their knees, in a dingy lot filled with gang graffiti behind the Mount Vernon School. One survived with a head wound. Police said they did nothing wrong, nothing to draw the ire of the gun- and knife-wielding assailants who attacked them Saturday night.
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August 6, 2012 | By Clara Ritger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
HARRISBURG - After two young men were stabbed to death in a gang-related fight in December, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan decided it was time to look at preventive measures for gang activity. "We can punish gang members for the actual crime itself," Hogan said, describing the prosecution process after the homicides in Avondale, "but there is nothing that allows us to punish for gang involvement. " Hogan is prosecuting 12 people between ages 16 and 20 for offenses related to the killings.
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June 20, 2008 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court jury in Camden yesterday acquitted a reputed Bloods gang member of a 2005 murder, but convicted him on conspiracy and weapons charges. Corey Manderville was one of four people suspected of taking part in the killing of Dewey Marshall, 22, who was gunned down in the doorway of his Camden apartment. One of the others, Michael Coombs, testified last week, describing his gang initiation and giving a rare glimpse into the ethos and operations of the Bloods, a growing presence in Camden.
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August 8, 2007 | By Troy Graham and Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
In a city with all the sadly typical ills of drugs, guns and gangs, the weekend's schoolyard slaughter seems to have cut through the stop-snitchin' culture that has made murder unremarkable. The victims were four promising college students, hanging out in one of the city's safest, middle-class neighborhoods. Three were executed, on their knees, in a dingy lot filled with gang graffiti behind the Mount Vernon School. One survived with a head wound. Police said they did nothing wrong, nothing to draw the ire of the gun- and knife-wielding assailants who attacked them Saturday night.
NEWS
June 25, 2006 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a bold project, a class of Philadelphia eighth graders explored the violence and pain in their world through shared diaries, revealing their feelings and fears in a transforming experience. In a five-part series, The Inquirer chronicles their six-month journey. Friday, Feb. 17 ? Eighth grader David Leal stands at his desk and, in a deep voice, with a slight Latino accent, begins reading from his diary. He wants his teacher to know what it's really like growing up in Philadelphia.
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December 16, 1999 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Calling it a "justly deserved" sentence, a Delaware County judge yesterday ordered Shannon Parker to serve 15 to 30 years in state prison for his role in the fatal beating of an 18-year-old Chester man during a gang initiation. He also sent two accomplices to prison. Parker, 22, of Chester, was convicted of third-degree murder in October after witnesses - including two other gang members - testified about his participation in the Feb. 10 assault on Barry Baker as part of an initiation into the Crips, a Chester street gang.
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October 23, 1999 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Chester man was convicted yesterday of third-degree murder for his involvement in the death of 18-year-old Barry Baker, whose initiation into the Chester street gang known as the Crips turned into a fatal beating. Shannon Parker, 22, was identified by two other gang members as having participated in the assault on Baker in the early hours of Feb. 10. At one point while Baker was being beaten, he fell backward, hitting his head on the ground, witnesses testified at the trial in Delaware County Court.
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October 21, 1999 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
From her upstairs bedroom window in Chester, Anita Danner saw a group of men beating Barry Baker until he lay motionless on Honan Street. Shannon Parker, on trial for third-degree murder, stood watching the fight and laughing, she testified. Eventually, four of the men fled, but one stayed, leaning over Baker and "begging him not to die," she testified in Delaware County Court. Baker, 18, of Chester, was being initiated into the street gang known as the Crips in the early hours of Feb. 10, witnesses said.
NEWS
October 20, 1999 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Two Chester men pleaded guilty yesterday in the beating death of 18-year-old Barry Baker, but a third man has opted for a jury trial in the case. Baker died of head injuries from being repeatedly hit and kicked in what police have described as a gang initiation in the Highland Gardens section of Chester on Feb. 10. Omar Metts, 19, of Kane Street, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy as part of a negotiated plea agreement that requires him to offer "truthful" testimony in the case against Shannon Parker, 22, who is going to trial.
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March 31, 1999 | By Gwen Florio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It has been happening here with sickening regularity: A gang member puts on his best clothes, shines up his car, heads for the mall. He finds a couple of teenage girls, tells them about a cool party. There are two of them, only one of him. They feel safe. Not until they are at the party, the security doors locked behind them, do they realize that they are the only girls there. That the guys are gang members. That they, the girls, are the party. And that there is no way out. Multiply that scenario by 39, which is how many times in the last 15 months that school-age girls have been raped by Albuquerque-area gang members, apparently as a new and frightening trend in initiation ceremonies.
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March 7, 1999 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Four young Chester men have been charged with the beating death of an 18-year-old Philadelphia youth last month during what police described as a gang initiation that went too far, authorities said yesterday. The suspects were identified by Chester Police Commissioner Wendell N. Butler Jr. as Eric Starkey, 17, of the 2600 block of Kane Street; Ammean Gould, 20, and Omar Metts, 18, both also from Kane Street; and Shannon Parker, 22, of the 1000 block of Ward Street. They were charged in the killing of Barry Baker, of the 1100 block of 66th Street in Philadelphia.
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