Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Devon Williams, 27, died May 28

Devon Williams, 27, was shot and killed in the area of 21st Street and Edgmont Avenue in Chester the afternoon of May 28.
Williams, the son of the Rev. Calvin Williams, pastor of Temple of Brotherly Love, died at the scene.
Police obtained surveillance footage that allegedly shows Williams' killer just before the shooting. Police are attempting to identify the suspect.
Williams' death marks the seventh homicide for the City of Chester in 2012.

Michael Turner, 35, died April 18, 2012

Michael "Mike the Barber" Turner, 35, of Upper Darby was shot to death inside of his Copley Road barber shop on April 18.
Sharif Wynn, 27, of the 5800 block of North Howard Street, Philadelphia, has been charged with Turner's murder.
Turner was cutting a customer’s hair at his shop at 8 Copley Road when Wynn allegedly entered the shop dressed in female Muslim attire. He announced a robbery and made everyone kneel down on the floor before putting a gun to Turner's head and firing.
Turner, also known as Mike Boone, died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
Wynn is currently awaiting trial on murder charges.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Carl Henson, 42, fatally shot in Chester

 Carl Henson, 42, a resident of Chester, died of multiple gunshot wounds. 
 His body was found April 1 in an abandoned property in the 1100 block of Madison Street. Police were dispatched to the location for a shooting victim, at about 8:42 a.m. 
 An investigation into the homicide, the sixth for the city and the seventh for Delaware County this year, is continuing.  
 Anyone with information is asked to contact city police Detective Charles “Randy” Bothwell at 610-447-8430 or county Detective Edward Kazlo at 610-891-4700.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lamar Hatcher

Lamar Hatcher, 23, died Feb. 24 in Chester.
Chester police were dispatched to the 400 block of Yarnell Street around 2:33 a.m. Feb. 24. They found Hatcher behind the homes on the block, unresponsive. Paramedics were dispatched, but Hatcher could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Jamecia I. Toler

Jamecia I. Toler, 22, died Feb. 19 after being shot in the parking lot of J&S Seafood in the 800 block of Kerlin Street in Chester.
Toler was one of four people shot during the early morning domestic incident. The other shooting victims survived, including the alleged gunman, who police say shot himself in the head after the incident.
Toler, a 2009 graduate of Chester High School, was the mother of two young children. 
Her alleged killer, Edwin Soto Jr., was arraigned on first and third-degree murder charges at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he is being treated.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Mark DeShields, 29, of West Philadelphia, fatally shot in Chester

  Mark DeShields, 29, of West Philadelphia, was close to completing his court-ordered sentence at a local halfway house when he was shot and killed early Jan. 27 in Chester.
 According to police, DeShields left Minsec, a halfway house located in the 200 block of East 12th Street, at 4:30 a.m. to take his wife to work. He had reached 12th and Madison streets, about one block away, when someone opened fire, striking DeShields.
 Police responding to shots fired found him on the sidewalk outside of the Madison Grille. He was rushed to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:14 a.m., according to authorities.
 The homicide, the second for the city and the third for the county in 2012, is under investigation by city Detective Robert Whitaker (610-447-7813) and county Detective Edward Kazlo (610-891-4700).

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Gbolahan Olabode, 45, Lansdowne pharmacy owner and author

Gbolahan Olabode was gunned down outside his Owen Avenue Home the evening of Jan. 4.
Investigators believe multiple gunmen were involved in the shooting, though they had no information regarding motive.
According to authorities, Olabode arrived home and parked his car behind his apartment about 8:10 p.m., when several men ambushed him. He was shot multiple times.
Olabode owned Dava Pharmacy in Lansdowne, as well as other businesses outside Lansdowne. In 2001, he co-authored his autobiography, "Born Suspect: The Life and Trials of Gbolahan Olabode." The work largely focused on Olabode's arrest and 43-day imprisonment in Philadelphia. He was a Temple University student in 1992 when police arrested him at a laundromat for a burglary he did not commit and of which he was later acquitted. Olabode later sued the Philadelphia Police Department and eventually won a $100,000 settlement. 
His death is the second homicide for the county and the first for Lansdowne in 2012.
In 2011, two individuals died at the hands of another in Lansdowne.

Omar Draughn, 19

Omar Draughn, 19, died Jan. 3 after being shot in the head on Chester's Eastside.
Draughn's death marks the first homicide in Delaware County in 2012.
Police found Draughn's body on the ground near the intersection of East Seventh and Potter streets around 12:23 a.m. He had been shot in the head, according to Police Capt. Anita Amaro.
Police have not released any information about a suspect or motive.
Chester, the county's only city, saw 23 people die at the hand of another in 2011.