Police have arrested two 17-year-olds in last week's slaying of Saleem West, a 16-year-old basketball enthusiast gunned down while riding his bicycle in North Philadelphia.

Raheim Feaster of North 24th Street and Tyree Johnson of Belleview Street have been charged with murder, conspiracy, gun crimes, and related offenses.

West, who lived on North Marston Street, was shot once in the back shortly after 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Police, having heard gunshots, found West lying on the street in the 2200 block of West Sedgley Avenue. Officers drove him to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:58 p.m.

Witnesses reported 17 gunshots in all.

West, whose friends called him "Leem," attended Delaware Valley Charter High School and was remembered as always having a basketball in his hands. He had been riding his bike with a 15-year-old friend, who was not injured.

Police did not provide any information on what led them to charge Feaster and Johnson with West's shooting. At the time, Homicide Capt. James Clark had said police were going to see whether the slaying could be linked to other shootings in the area.

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