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KILLADELPHIA: 9 More Since U Were Down The Shore

skeleton-running.gifBY MENSAH M. DEAN & REGINA MEDINA As block parties and barbecues reverberated across Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend, so did something that is growing just as common in many neighborhoods: homicide. [wow, embarrassingly bad lede.]

Eight people were slain from Friday through yesterday, while the death of a ninth person, whose remains were found stuffed in a duffel bag in her home, was being investigated, police said yesterday.

skeleton-running.gif A 20-year-old man was shot in the head yesterday morning in an alley adjacent to the M. Hall Stanton Elementary School in North Philadelphia.

The man, whose identity was being withheld until his family was notified, was found at 6:30 a.m. near North Mole and West Sergeant streets. Neighbors reported hearing gunshots between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., said Homicide Lt. Philip Riehl. Police had established no suspects or motives in the case, he said.

skeleton-running.gif On Sunday at 5:10 p.m., police were called to a home on North DeKalb Street near Aspen in West Philadelphia, where they found the body of Ericka Harvey, 24, stuffed inside a duffel bag in a second-floor bedroom, said Homicide Sgt. Tim Cooney.

The victim, who lived at the address, was discovered by her father, who called police. Her family had last seen her about 11 a.m. Saturday, police said. As of last night, her death has not been ruled a homicide and an autopsy was scheduled.

skeleton-running.gif With six of the homicides taking place on Saturday, it turned out to be one of the deadliest days in recent city history.

At 11:24 p.m., police found Gregory Paige, 18, slumped on a park bench at 33rd and Diamond streets with gunshot wounds in his torso and head. Paige, of the 900 block of Sanger Street near East Summerdale Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police were investigating whether he was shot during a robbery.

skeleton-running.gif Police said about two hours earlier, Cornine Houston, 28, got into an argument with a woman inside a home on Reed Street, near Broad.

Houston stabbed the other woman numerous times before pushing her out a third-floor window, police said. Houston then went outside and kicked and punched the woman as she lay on the sidewalk, police said.

The victim, who was not identified, died at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital at 9:57 p.m. skeleton-running.gifHouston, of Sansom Street near 47th, was arrested and charged with murder, police said.

At 4:01 a.m., police were called to Callowhill Street near 61st, in West Philadelphia, where they found Walter Divers, 27, sitting in a car with fatal gunshot wounds to his head. Police had no suspects and knew of no motive.

Near 31st and Norris streets in North Philadelphia, police found Julius Pickett, 24, fatally wounded at 3:10 a.m. Pickett had been shot in the face. No arrests had been made.

skeleton-running.gif Minutes earlier, at 3:03 a.m., police found Terrel Davis, 24, on E Street near East Clearfield in North Philadelphia with fatal gunshot wounds to his head and back. No one had been arrested.

At 2:20 a.m. police responded to a double shooting at 38th Street and Haverford Avenue in West Philadelphia. A 17-year-old youth was shot in the hand. Germaine Jackson, 25, of Willow Street near North 39th, however, had been shot multiple times in the torso and died at Jefferson. Police had no suspects or motives.

skeleton-running.gif The bloody holiday weekend got under way at 1:06 a.m. Friday near York and Garnet streets. A man in his 40s was shot numerous times in his chest and died at Temple University Hospital. A 28-year-old man survived a gunshot wound to his leg. Police were still looking for suspects in that case.

DAILY NEWS: For A Grand Total Of 294 Murdered In 2007

skeleton-running.gifINQUIRER: A 24-year-old woman found wrapped in a garbage bag in the city’s Mantua section yesterday.

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7 Responses to “KILLADELPHIA: 9 More Since U Were Down The Shore”

  1. naomi Says:

    gregory paige was my little cousin.He just turned 18 years old a month ago. He was with 2 friends that he trusted and treated very well. they shot him to death that night..for what you ask ? they took his life for a chain.. a chain that he wore tht they were jelous of.. a chain that they wanted and that they thought was more important then my cousons life… my cousin had a good heart.. always with a smile on his face.. loved his family and friends..but just got together with some really bad people.. some really bad people that hung out with him at his house… smiled in his mothers face.. ate thanksgiving dinner at his house and then had desert…. but then later on traded on him and killed him…. im so mad and cannot believe this happened to him… these streets are not going to get any better.. we have to change them.. the devil is here and hes here to stay…god bless all of you and your families and children… keep them close and if someone looks shady to you then leave them alone…

  2. Phawker » Blog Archive » KILLADELPHIA: Reader Writes Says:

    […] KILLADELPHIA: Reader Writes DEAR PHAWKER, gregory paige was my little cousin. He just turned 18 years old a month ago. He was with 2 friends that he trusted and treated very well. they shot him to death that night..for what you ask ? they took his life for a chain.. a chain that he wore tht they were jelous of.. a chain that they wanted and that they thought was more important then my cousons life… my cousin had a good heart.. always with a smile on his face.. loved his family and friends..but just got together with some really bad people.. some really bad people that hung out with him at his house… smiled in his mothers face.. ate thanksgiving dinner at his house and then had desert…. but then later on traded on him and killed him…. im so mad and cannot believe this happened to him… these streets are not going to get any better.. we have to change them.. the devil is here and hes here to stay…god bless all of you and your families and children… keep them close and if someone looks shady to you then leave them alone… […]

  3. copwatch Says:

    To Naomi,
    Did the police ever catch the killers? I have been following this story since we came upon the murder scene that night, there was nothing in the news about a capture of the killers. Please check out the video on youtube and comment on wether or not the killers were captured. Also, I am doing a documentary and wonder if you would like to talk to us. Thank you.

  4. Mat Says:

    Hi ‘Copwatch’,

    I was taken away by your youtube video of the murder scene that night. I too am a cousin of Jabo, I am Naomi’s sister, and wow is all I can say right now. Did you actually see his body there that night?? How do you come across things like this, or is this the first time you have witnessed a crime scene such as this one?? My family hurts very much, not only because of losing Jabo, but because of the way it happened. See, this might be a little hard to understand, but his own close friends did this to him. They set him up and lead him to the park that night to “chill”… His own friends. These kids were befriended by members of the family, Jabo’s mom, Jabo’s brother. They were trusted..

  5. copwatch Says:

    @Matt
    We did see his body and you can tell by our expressions that it was not a good site. We normally patrol the streets on the weekends looking for police activity (good and bad) and when we came across the scene that night (sep1st) we were just getting started for the night. The problem I had with the news report saying it happened around 2am is that if anyone was driving around at that time 11:50pm and saw something, they might get confused by the news story and not report it. “My son didn’t do that, he was home at midnight” you see what I’m saying.

    Its sad that these were his friends and that our culture is so f*ked up that a life is worth more than a chain. I don’t blame rap music like everyone else likes too, because that is like blaming the drug dealer when you should go after the supplier. I blame the industry for promoting this kind of culture and making money off of it. Let me step off my soapbox, because otherwise I’d be here all day.

    I pray God will comfort you and your family in this dark time.

  6. Naomi Says:

    copwatch ,
    yes they did catch the killers and come to find out my little cousin wasn’t the only one killed by them 2 others were on the list. It was pretty easy finding them since they were the 2 friends of my cousin whom he hung out with mostly every night.
    I think the cops of philadelphia need to do better jobs with these murders, I mean I know there is alot of killings and it’s getting old hearing about it everyday but to us, the families its not just another person getting killed in the street and it’s ashame that the cops are starting to just not care and throw any words out like when they said oh “a man got killed at 2 am he was number 283″I mean is that it ? could they at least get the time right.and like you said what if they didnt know who killed him, they wouldnt be able to find out either or they would have a real hard time because there saying they found him at 2 am and then like you said someone can just say oh well I was at this place and this place at that time so it couldnt have been me.
    Anyway Thank you for your interest in my cousin’s case and yes I would love to talk to you guys for your documentary, I do think more should be said about this case and other cases as well. I can tell you more about what happened that night before and after my cousins murder. I’m sure alot of my family would be happy to talk to you about it as well. If you can, send me an email address or something so we can talk more.
    -Naomi

  7. Tatianna Says:

    I am also a victim of losing a loved one to the hands of another so I unfortunally have no choice but to sympathize with the victims family. I think I know the victim named Germaine Jackson. I can not be sure due to the fact that there is no picture posted anywhere. I’ve been searching only to find nothing.If anyone has anymore information or pics of him pllleasee e-mail them to me at tatianna.pierce@yahoo.com.

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