Philadelphia’s first homicide victims of 2014 found in burning home; both shot in the head

TK1LPolice gather at the scene early Friday after a man and a woman were found dead — each with gunshot wounds to the head — inside a burning home late Thursday night in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Tom Kelly IV.

The incident was reported shortly before midnight on Ormond Street, near East Bristol and O Streets. Medics pronounced the victims dead at the scene, according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer, adding that fire marshals had ruled that the fire was a case of arson.


The city’s first two gunshot victims of 2014 were reported in stable condition following separate New Year’s Day incidents. A 34-year-old man was shot once, shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday at Adams and Tabor Avenues, on the edge of the Crescentville and Olney section of the city. Police rushed an 18-year-old man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after he was shot in the area or 34th Street and Haverford Avenue around 9 p.m. in Mantua. Investigators said that they found 10 spent shall casing at the scene, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

As we previously reported, Philadelphia’s last homicide victim of 2013 was an 18-year-old man who was shot to death on Girard Avenue in Northern Liberties. The Philadelphia Inquirer has now identified him as 18-year-old Quahdir Devine.

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