A neighborhood in mourning

Fishtown res­id­ents gath­er for a vi­gil at the site where a May­fair man was shot to death while res­ist­ing a rob­bery.

After the tra­gic­ally vi­ol­ent shoot­ing death of 27-year-old Shane Kelly, small and usu­ally quiet Hewson Street in Fishtown filled with mourn­ers on Monday night.

More than 100 people filled the street where the May­fair res­id­ent had col­lapsed, the vic­tim of a failed rob­bery last week­end. 

There were tears and soft voices among the mourn­ers; many held candles that cast a gentle glow on the even­ing vi­gil.

Dur­ing the neigh­bor­hood me­mori­al, Maryel­ise Doyne, Kelly’s girl­friend — who was with him when he was shot to death on Sunday night — tear­fully ad­dressed the gath­er­ing of friends, neigh­bors and fam­ily who came out to show their sup­port. 

“Even if you’re not re­li­gious, please pray he didn’t suf­fer,” she said softly, sur­roun­ded by mem­bers of Kelly’s fam­ily. “And pray he’s with God.”

Kelly died of the wounds he suffered while thwart­ing the rob­bers just after 12:30 a.m. on the 1300 block of Hewson St. The two thieves con­fron­ted Kelly and Doyne, a lifelong Fishtown res­id­ent, as they re­turned home from an even­ing out. 

Of­ficer Jill­ian Rus­sell, a Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment spokes­wo­man, said Kelly res­isted the duo. But as the thieves fled, one turned and fired sev­er­al shots at Kelly, Rus­sell said.

Kelly, who lived on the 6300 block of Crafton St. in May­fair, was hit sev­er­al times in the chest and col­lapsed. He was pro­nounced dead at about 4:48 a.m. at Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al.

An in­vest­ig­a­tion led to the ar­rest of a sus­pect in the case, Ry­an Mc­Manus, 20, of the 2600 block of Sepviva St. Ac­cord­ing to Rus­sell, Mc­Manus was taken in­to cus­tody at his res­id­ence.

He has been charged with murder. On Monday, po­lice were seek­ing an­oth­er man they be­lieve was in­volved in Kelly’s slay­ing.

The vic­tim was an act­ive mem­ber of the An­cient Or­der of Hi­ber­ni­ans, Di­vi­sion 61. Some of the mourn­ers at the Fishtown vi­gil wore T-shirts and sweat­shirts with the AOH logo.

In an in­ter­view earli­er that day, AOH mem­ber Mike Mc­Crane said he had known Kelly as a ded­ic­ated mem­ber of the or­gan­iz­a­tion. Kelly also or­gan­ized reg­u­lar soft­ball and Wiffle ball tour­na­ments and served as a soc­cer coach for the group.

ldquo;He helped out all the char­it­ies we had. He was a great mem­ber,” said Mc­Crane. “He was a great guy and he meant a lot to our or­gan­iz­a­tion.” 

Dur­ing the Monday night gath­er­ing, A.J. Thom­son, a res­id­ent and com­munity or­gan­izer, told the people that he nev­er thought his chil­dren would at­tend a vi­gil for a man slain so close to their neigh­bor­hood home. 

ldquo;He shouldn’t have had to die on the street where I was a pa­per­boy,” Thom­son said of Kelly. “He lost his life in Fishtown and we are here to re­mem­ber him.” 

Throughout the vi­gil, the people were re­l­at­ively si­lent. The shuff­ling of feet of­ten was the only sound heard when mourn­ers moved down Hewson Street from Thompson Street to the spot where Kelly was shot and fell.

ldquo;This has rocked this com­munity to the core,” said Margi Megill, a Fishtown res­id­ent who didn’t know Kelly but wanted to of­fer her con­dol­ences.

ldquo;I can’t be­lieve this happened on these streets that I con­sider safe,” she said. •• 

Re­l­at­ives and friends are in­vited to Shane’s Life Cel­eb­ra­tion on Thursday even­ing from 6 to 9 and on Fri­day morn­ing from 8:15 to 9:15 at the John F. Givn­ish Fu­ner­al Home, 10975 Academy Road. His fu­ner­al Mass will be at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Martha, 11301 Academy Road, with buri­al in Re­sur­rec­tion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the fam­ily would ap­pre­ci­ate dona­tions to the char­ity of the donor’s choice.

Re­port­er Hay­den Mit­man can be reached at 215-354-3124 or hmit­man@bsmphilly.com  

You can reach at hmitman@bsmphilly.com.

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