Jan Ransom offers this update on a story she first wrote about yesterday involving the murder of young man from West Philadelphia:
Police have charged a teenager with murdering a West Philadelphia man whose shooting death was initially thought to be suicide.
Jeremy Robinson, 19, of 61st Street near Thompson was found in his second floor apartment with a gunshot wound to the head on Tuesday at 11:15 p.m. Robinson was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was pronounced dead at 3:31 a.m. on Wednesday.
Police arrested Malik Williams, 18, yesterday and charged him with murder and related offenses.
Williams lived several blocks away on North Felton Street near Master. Police have no motive for the shooting.
Neighbors and relatives said that the two were best friends.
“That was his homie,” said Joe Smith, 29, who knew the young men. Smith lived on the same block as Williams.
“I’m really upset,” said a woman who identified herself only as Williams’ aunt. She said she took care of Williams and that he attended George Jr. Republic, a residential treatment facility for at risk youth. “They were friends till the end. I’m puzzled. I want to know what’s going on.”
Williams’ aunt said that he and Robinson knew each other since they were five and that they often spent time at each other’s homes.
Neighbors said Robinson was a pleasant young man who attended the Calvary Baptist Church with his younger brother and aunt.
“When I heard he supposedly shot himself it didn’t add up,” said one of Robinson’s friends.
A man who identified himself as Williams’ cousin said that Williams turned himself in on Thursday.