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Second man arrested in slaying of Shane Kelly

One day after neigh­bors held a vi­gil for Shane Kelly, po­lice ar­res­ted a second sus­pect in his fatal shoot­ing.

Po­lice have ar­res­ted a second man who they be­lieve had a part in the Nov. 13 slay­ing of 27-year-old Shane Kelly, who was shot on small and usu­ally quiet Hewson Street in Fishtown.

On Monday, Nov. 14, the street was filled with mourn­ers where the May­fair res­id­ent had col­lapsed after be­ing shot while res­ist­ing a rob­bery at­tempt.

Kelly and his girl­friend, Maryel­ise Doyne, were con­fron­ted by two men just after 12:30 a.m. on the 1300 block of Hewson St. as the couple re­turned from an even­ing out. Doyne, a lifelong Fishtown res­id­ent, was not in­jured dur­ing the rob­bery at­tempt.

Later that day, an in­vest­ig­a­tion led to the ar­rest of a sus­pect in the case, Ry­an Mc­Manus, 20, of the 2600 block of Sepviva St. Mc­Manus was taken in­to cus­tody at his res­id­ence, po­lice said.

Two days later, on Nov. 15, po­lice an­nounced the ar­rest of the second sus­pect, Richard Smith, 19, of the 1600 block of Eyre St.

Both men have been charged with murder, at­temp­ted murder, ag­grav­ated as­sault, crim­in­al con­spir­acy, rob­bery and pos­sess­ing an in­stru­ment of crime.

Of­ficer Jill­ian Rus­sell, a Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment spokes­wo­man, said Kelly tried to thwart the rob­bery. But as the two as­sail­ants fled, one turned and fired sev­er­al shots at him, 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 4:48 a.m. at Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al.

Dur­ing the neigh­bor­hood me­mori­al held last week, Doyne, Kelly’s girl­friend, tear­fully ad­dressed the gath­er­ing of friends, neigh­bors and fam­ily who came 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.”

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

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.

Dur­ing the 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 his 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. ••

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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