I've lost count of how many murders have been described as "senseless" in this city over the past few years, but this one certainly seems deserving of the title. Last Friday night, Korean War veteran Enor Williams was shot dead while he was standing on the porch of a Strawberry Mansion VFW post. His alleged killers, thankfully, are now behind bars.
Daily News reporter Dana DiFilippo has more:
On the surface, Karl Jarmon and Terrell Bennett were just teenage buddies who lived on the same block in Strawberry Mansion.
But yesterday, police offered a sinister assessment of the teens.
The pair were money-grubbing, gun-toting predators looking for easy prey to rob, police said. On Aug. 29, they thought they found it: Two elderly men standing outside the nearby Veterans of Foreign Wars post at 33rd and Diamond streets.
They pounced, police said. A struggle ensued, and in seconds, 78-year-old Enor Williams lay dying from a gunshot blast to the face, while his killers fled, empty-handed.
Yesterday, Philadelphia police capped an intense weeklong hunt for Williams’ attackers by announcing the arrests of Bennett and Jarmon. A third “person of interest” was being questioned, and police hoped to announce his arrest soon.
“Their goal was to find somebody to rob,” Homicide Capt. James Clark said. “And they decided they (the elderly men) would be easy targets.”