Police have charged a neighbor with the New Year's Day shooting death of a 16-year-old boy in West Philadelphia.
Kamonne Jordan, 18, of Carpenter Street near 56th, was charged with murder, gun violations and related offenses in the death of Jaymire Rustin, 16, who became Philly's first murder victim in 2013 when he was gunned down during an argument outside his house on the same block. Jordan is being held without bail.
Sources told ABC-6 that Jordan claimed he shot Rustin in self-defense after an argument over a cell phone. But a police spokeswoman couldn't confirm that, and a homicide supervisor said the involved detectives were unavailable to comment. Rustin's friends and relatives have set up a memorial page on Facebook. Listen, too, to this audio tribute from a friend.
UPDATE: Firefighters responded to a fire about 1:30 a.m. this morning at Jordan's home, and police now are investigating whether it could be related to their murder case. It took firefighters less than 15 minutes to get the 1:29 a.m. blaze, which started on the first floor, under control, said fire battalion chief William Dell. Paramedics took a 70-year-old resident to the hospital for smoke inhalation, he added. Fire investigators haven't determined the cause yet, Dell said. Police detectives are looking into the blaze too to see if someone set it in retaliation for Rustin's murder, spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little confirmed.