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North Philadelphia Teen Faces Murder, Attempted Murder Charges After Weekend Shooting At Rec Center

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police have arrested and charged a North Philadelphia man in the shooting death Sunday night of a father who had come to the aid of his son after a fight.

Police Department homicide unit captain James Clark says a SWAT team and members of his unit took 18-year-old Amir Jamal, of the 3200 block of West Norris Street, into custody this morning without incident.

Clark says numerous tips led to the suspect.

The shooting happened Sunday night about 8 p.m. outside the Mander Recreation Center at 33rd and Diamond Streets in the Strawberry Mansion section of the city (see related story).

According to police, there was an unauthorized party going on at the rec center, with perhaps 150 to 200 people there at the time, when one neighborhood teen got into a fight with others.

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(Philadelphia police investigate the Sunday night shooting at Mander Recreation Center in North Philadelphia. File photo)

Investigators say after the 14-year-old boy went home to tell his father about the altercation, the father — 30-year-old Nyeme Taylor — brought his son back to the playground and told the aggressors that his son would fight all five of them, one at a time.

Capt. Clark says after the son started getting the better of one of the five, all five opponents ganged up on the son. Then when Taylor tried to pull them off his son, Jamal allegedly pulled out a gun and fired.

Taylor was hit in the head and killed on the spot. Stray bullets also hit Taylor’s 15-year-old daughter, as well as two other girls, aged 10 and six. All the girls are now in stable condition.

Just a few days earlier, Mayor Michael Nutter had helped open city pools at that very same location (see related story).

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • F. GUMP

    Just ONE MORE example of a piece of S@#T punk killing someone…..When will the PARENTS wake the H@#L up and start raising these turds to be law abiding citizens?? My guess is NEVER….STUPIS IS AS STUPID DOES…….enough said.

  • Jim Wilmer

    If they attacked him once before; chances they were going to do it again. But gun play???

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  • Braindead

    What a waste of life,my prayers go out to the victims family.As for Amir Jamal if you are found guilty of this crime you should never see the streets again in your lifetime.All five of you punks could not beat a 14 year old in a fair fight,good luck in prison tough guy.

  • Tiredofitall ....

    I fault the Father for this because this never would have happened had he NOT taken his son back to fight. He had to know that, in this day and age, there is no such thing as a FAIR FIGHT like it was back in his day. I’m sorry for him losing his life, and I’m sorry the girls got injured. And my Prayers go out to the Family and Friends. But, I think the Father should have just reported the incident to the Police and let them handle it. He should NOT have taken his son back there.

    • Tanisha

      Just want to thank everyone for there sympathy Nyeme Taylor was my dad he went always said his way of death will be protecting his family and that’s just how he went my dad was a good father never had any complaint he was the best POP POP any kid could have I wake up every day to my kids asking where there POP POP is it hurt this is just something that I will never get over I love my Dad always and forever Rip Dad 6/26/11 gone but never forgotten

      • Tiredofitall ....

        So sorry for your loss. Please know that my Prayers are with the Family and Friends.

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