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A Kensington woman was beaten to death by a man with a hammer, an East Germantown man was shot dead inside an apartment, and a teen in Southwest Philadelphia was shot in the eye.
Those incidents, according to Philadelphia Police, represented just a sample of the violence that occurred in the city Sunday and Monday. In total, police said, four people were killed and the teen was in critical condition.
The violence began around 2:31 a.m. Sunday, when police responded to the 3000 block of Ruth Street in Kensington and found Marisol Garcia-Infante, 41, dead next to her bed in a pool of blood.
Outside the house, police said, 43-year-old Juan Valerio – Garcia-Infante’s boyfriend – confessed to striking her in the head with a hammer. He was taken to the Homicide Unit and later charged with murder.
Homicide Capt. James Clark said the incident began as a verbal argument.
“Escalated into physical, and he pulled out a hammer and beat her to death,” Clark said.
Valerio was being held Monday without bail and was also charged with possessing an instrument of crime, according to court records.
About 12 hours later, on the 5700 block of McMahon Avenue in East Germantown, police found a man suffering from gunshot wounds to the head and body. Authorities did not identify the victim, but said he was pronounced dead at 2:57 p.m. Police announced no arrest or motive.
Police responded to another shooting around 5:16 p.m. on the 6900 block of Hegerman Street in Tacony. Officers found Tymir Outlaw, 19, shot several times in the body. He was pronounced dead about 10 minutes later, police said. No arrests were announced.
The violence continued just after midnight Monday, when officers responding to the unit block of East Penn Street in East Germantown found Boris Kimber Jr., 22, unresponsive and suffering from several gunshot wounds inside the front room of a house.
Kimber was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said a 28-year-old man told responding officers that he had pulled the trigger, but authorities did not identify the man or say whether he had been charged. They did say a motive for the incident was an argument, however.
Finally, around 7:12 a.m. Monday, a 17-year-old was shot once in the left eye on the 5300 block of Lindbergh Boulevard, police said.
Police did not identify the teen or say who shot him. He was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania and placed in critical condition.
Anyone with information about any of the murders can call the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334. There is a $20,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in murder cases.
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