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September 8, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITER
Looking out the window at the children playing with horses at a block party on her Nicetown street Monday afternoon, 85-year-old Willie Clara Lindsay saw something out of place - men in suits approaching her front porch. "I said, 'They look like detectives,' " she recalled Tuesday. "When they came on my steps, I said, 'What could they be coming here for?' " Lindsay and her husband, William, 89, soon found out. They had seen the news on television Sunday night about a man who ran over a woman with his car in Olney and then beat her to death with a shovel.
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April 27, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
Police on Monday were investigating the shooting deaths of six men across Philadelphia over the weekend. No arrests had been made in any of the slayings as of Monday afternoon. The victims ranged in age from 17 to 36, and included one man who had been speaking to a state House candidate about volunteering for the campaign just before he was killed. The last of the deadly incidents happened about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, when 18-year-old Elijah Frazier was shot dead on the 8000 block of Temple Road in Cedarbrook.
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December 24, 2015 | By David Gambacorta, STAFF WRITER
HOWARD BAKER spent decades helping people to sort through their most private struggles, to find a path out of the darkness of depression and addiction. In a tragic twist, homicide investigators now are sifting through Baker's private life, trying to piece together the sequence of events that led to the 75-year-old psychiatrist being found dead Monday morning in a Center City hotel. Homicide Capt. James Clark said an employee at the Rodeway Inn discovered Baker's naked body - with a leather belt wrapped around his neck - on the floor, next to the bed of his fifth-floor hotel room.
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June 23, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A young woman whose tortured and handcuffed body was found near the Mann Center in Fairmount Park last week was killed by two friends over an $800 debt, police said Tuesday. Shavon Armstrong, 39, was charged with murder, kidnapping, robbery, and related offenses Friday in the death of Toy Charda Bryant, 26, of Chester, whose body was found by a young couple along the 5300 block of Georges Hill Drive in Fairmount Park about 8:15 a.m. June 14, according to police. "She believed she owed her $800, and because of that she abducted her, tortured her, and killed her," Homicide Capt.
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August 24, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A 13-year-old boy watched in horror Monday as home invaders fatally shot his father during an early-morning robbery in Hunting Park, police said. The boy was the oldest of the victim's six children, ages 5 to 13, all of whom were at home at the time, Homicide Capt. James Clark said. The two gunmen entered the house on the 3700 block of North Seventh Street through a rear kitchen window around 1 a.m., Clark said. Once inside, the men went to a second-floor bedroom, where they found the victim, 36-year-old Hakim Rahman, with his girlfriend and oldest son. "They came in with shotguns demanding money," Clark said.
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June 29, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
When Paul Kuzan stood naked in the doorway of his Northeast Philadelphia home after allegedly shooting his new wife to death with a high-velocity crossbow Sunday night, it was not the first time he'd exposed himself to the neighborhood lately, according to police and residents. About a week earlier, Kuzan, 41, walked naked to the business plaza across the street from his house on the 3100 block of Willits Road and caused a disturbance inside a mixed martial arts gym, neighbors said.
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November 12, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
As police continue to search for clues in the grisly shooting deaths of a couple near Lemon Hill Mansion, investigators on Tuesday were interviewing a man they believe might have information about the victims. For days, police had been trying to track down the boyfriend of Lisa Smith, 32, who was killed Friday along with Shakoor Arline, 25. Arline and Smith were having sex in the backseat of a Toyota Sequoia in Fairmount Park early Friday, police said, when someone opened a back door of the SUV and fired nine shots, striking both multiple times in the head.
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June 16, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
A woman's body was found handcuffed, stabbed, and shot in the back of the head Tuesday morning in Fairmount Park, near the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, police said. The woman was identified late Tuesday night as Toy Charda Bryant, 26, of Chester. At an earlier news conference, Homicide Capt. James Clark said she had defensive wounds on her hands. Investigators believe her body was dumped in the park Monday night. "I believe she was in a fight for her life," the captain said.
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November 15, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police have arrested two 17-year-olds in last week's slaying of Saleem West, a 16-year-old basketball enthusiast gunned down while riding his bicycle in North Philadelphia. Raheim Feaster of North 24th Street and Tyree Johnson of Belleview Street have been charged with murder, conspiracy, gun crimes, and related offenses. West, who lived on North Marston Street, was shot once in the back shortly after 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Police, having heard gunshots, found West lying on the street in the 2200 block of West Sedgley Avenue.
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November 4, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Saleem West, basketball was life. The courts at Richard Wright Elementary School were closest, at the end of his block on North Marston Street, past three boarded-up rowhouses. "Every time you saw him," said Patricia Everett, 50, a cousin, "he had a ball in his hand. " On Monday, in front of one of the vacant homes, two basketballs lay among an array of stuffed animals. Family and friends gathered to erect a memorial for West, 16, who was killed Sunday afternoon in a burst of 17 gunshots.
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September 16, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
It was an especially violent Tuesday in Philadelphia. Three men were fatally shot. Six others were wounded by gunfire. A woman was stabbed to death by a man who then killed himself. Among the victims, one name stood out for superstar rapper Meek Mill. His cousin, 21-year-old Angelo Colon, was gunned down late Tuesday night in South Philadelphia. Mill, who grew up in the city, took to his Instagram account early Wednesday morning and told his 10.1 million followers that "Lo" had been killed.
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September 8, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITER
Looking out the window at the children playing with horses at a block party on her Nicetown street Monday afternoon, 85-year-old Willie Clara Lindsay saw something out of place - men in suits approaching her front porch. "I said, 'They look like detectives,' " she recalled Tuesday. "When they came on my steps, I said, 'What could they be coming here for?' " Lindsay and her husband, William, 89, soon found out. They had seen the news on television Sunday night about a man who ran over a woman with his car in Olney and then beat her to death with a shovel.
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August 24, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A 13-year-old boy watched in horror Monday as home invaders fatally shot his father during an early-morning robbery in Hunting Park, police said. The boy was the oldest of the victim's six children, ages 5 to 13, all of whom were at home at the time, Homicide Capt. James Clark said. The two gunmen entered the house on the 3700 block of North Seventh Street through a rear kitchen window around 1 a.m., Clark said. Once inside, the men went to a second-floor bedroom, where they found the victim, 36-year-old Hakim Rahman, with his girlfriend and oldest son. "They came in with shotguns demanding money," Clark said.
NEWS
August 21, 2016 | By Chris Palmer and Emily Babay, STAFF WRITERS
An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder for his role in a Germantown Avenue shootout that killed Alsharay Ford, 25, who was driving his 3-year-old daughter home from day care when he was struck by stray gunfire that police said could have killed the child. Jameil Byrd of Germantown was arrested Thursday and remained in custody after he was denied bail, according to court records. Investigators were looking for 19-year-old Saykou Monte of the unit block of East Collom Street, who has been identified as a second suspect in the killing, police said.
NEWS
August 4, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
One of two people charged in the December beating death of a longtime block captain in Fishtown has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder. James Cheever, 51, of Port Richmond, also pleaded guilty Monday to charges of conspiracy, robbery, and possession of an instrument of crime. Cheever and codefendant Jane Johnson, 47, both knew Kathryn Wilson, 54, who lived alone with two small dogs on the 1300 block of Earl Street. Johnson had cleaned Wilson's house for years and Cheever did odd jobs for her, according to Homicide Capt.
NEWS
July 21, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A man who has violently attacked at least two prostitutes in Kensington over the last month may be responsible for the stabbing and beating death of a prostitute Saturday night in the same section of the city, police said. "They've all been pretty violent, but the last one resulted in murder," Homicide Capt. James Clark said Tuesday. The man, who remains unidentified, approached a 35-year-old woman in Kensington on Saturday night and propositioned her for sex. When the two went to the rear of an abandoned property on the 1900 block of East Cumberland Street, he stabbed the woman with a knife and beat her with a brick, Clark said.
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July 20, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
Philadelphia police believe that two women found dead in a Rhawnhurst motel room Sunday, with their heads covered with plastic bags and their hands tied behind their backs, committed suicide together, authorities said Monday. Capt. James Clark of the Homicide Unit said that while police found both women with bags over their heads, only one of the victims had both arms restrained. The other was found with one arm free, Clark said, suggesting she was able to help the first woman commit suicide before killing herself.
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July 7, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man freed from prison in April because of an overturned murder conviction was shot dead last week in North Philadelphia, according to police. George Cortez, 36, incarcerated for four years for a murder his brother is now charged with committing, was found with several gunshot wounds to the chest on the 2300 block of Cleveland Street after 1 a.m. on June 27, police said. He was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital later that morning. Capt. James Clark of the Homicide Unit said Tuesday that it was not immediately clear why Cortez was shot but that police were investigating the possibility that Cortez was targeted by friends of Nafis Murray, the man he was once accused of killing.
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June 29, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
When Paul Kuzan stood naked in the doorway of his Northeast Philadelphia home after allegedly shooting his new wife to death with a high-velocity crossbow Sunday night, it was not the first time he'd exposed himself to the neighborhood lately, according to police and residents. About a week earlier, Kuzan, 41, walked naked to the business plaza across the street from his house on the 3100 block of Willits Road and caused a disturbance inside a mixed martial arts gym, neighbors said.
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June 23, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A young woman whose tortured and handcuffed body was found near the Mann Center in Fairmount Park last week was killed by two friends over an $800 debt, police said Tuesday. Shavon Armstrong, 39, was charged with murder, kidnapping, robbery, and related offenses Friday in the death of Toy Charda Bryant, 26, of Chester, whose body was found by a young couple along the 5300 block of Georges Hill Drive in Fairmount Park about 8:15 a.m. June 14, according to police. "She believed she owed her $800, and because of that she abducted her, tortured her, and killed her," Homicide Capt.
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