Police seek info in ‘vicious’ Somerton slaying

A North­east teen suffered what the city’s top hom­icide in­vest­ig­at­or has called a “very, very bru­tal and very, very per­son­al” shoot­ing death at a Somer­ton con­struc­tion site early Monday.

As many as a dozen bul­lets riddled the face and head of Daquan Crump, 19, whose body was dis­covered at 7:19 a.m. in the open-air lot at 10175 North­east Ave., ac­cord­ing to Phil­adelphia po­lice Capt. James Clark. 

The site is the former home of a ware­house-style fur­niture store and is across the street from the George Wash­ing­ton High School ath­let­ic fields. A con­struc­tion work­er found the body and called 911.

In­vest­ig­at­ors be­lieve that the slay­ing oc­curred at about 5:30 a.m., but have iden­ti­fied no sus­pects or motive. It ap­peared as if Crump was on the ground in a prone po­s­i­tion when the killer or killers shot him.

“He was shot mul­tiple times, any­where from 10 to 12 times, all in the face and the head area. It was a very, very bru­tal murder. So we need someone to come for­ward to con­tact us with any in­form­a­tion they have about this,” Clark said dur­ing a Monday af­ter­noon news con­fer­ence.

Crump left his job at a nearby Wendy’s res­taur­ant at 11 p.m. on Sat­urday, and po­lice are try­ing to piece to­geth­er his where­abouts between then and Monday morn­ing, Clark said. Crump lived with his moth­er and grand­moth­er at dif­fer­ent loc­a­tions, Clark said. It was not un­usu­al for Crump to stay overnight with girl­friends or male friends, so he was not re­por­ted miss­ing, the po­lice cap­tain ad­ded.

There were no in­dic­a­tions that Crump was robbed. Po­lice found his back­pack con­tain­ing his Wendy’s uni­form near his body. The res­taur­ant is at Red Li­on Road and Hal­de­man Av­en­ue, less than a half-mile from the murder scene. Po­lice don’t be­lieve that Crump drove his own vehicle to the scene.

“Right now, it ap­pears that he was either taken or walked in­to that area and shot mul­tiple times while he was on the ground,” Clark said.

De­tect­ives are still de­term­in­ing how many guns were used to shoot Crump and how many killers were in­volved.

“It ap­pears like it was very per­son­al and, again, very vi­cious,” Clark said.

Crump has no pri­or crim­in­al re­cord or “pri­or is­sues with the law,” Clark said.

Call po­lice at 215-686-3334 to re­port in­form­a­tion about the case. ••

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