Person of interest sought in March homicide

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Hom­icide de­tect­ives have re­leased new pho­tos of a per­son of in­terest in the March 5 murder of a man in Castor Gar­dens.

The slay­ing oc­curred on the 1400 block of Magee Ave. Patrol of­ficers were called to the scene at 11:17 p.m. in re­sponse to a re­port of a per­son with a weapon. They found Al­berto Hernan­dez, 25, ly­ing on the side­walk un­re­spons­ive and suf­fer­ing from a gun­shot wound of the right cheek. Hernan­dez, of the 2600 block of N. Second St., was pro­nounced dead at Aria Health-Tor­res­dale the fol­low­ing night at 7:09 p.m.

Po­lice did not re­lease the iden­tity of the man in the pho­tos, but de­tect­ives want to speak with him. He was ob­served on SEPTA’s Route 66 bus on March 6 and over­heard dis­cuss­ing the murder. He ex­ited the bus at Frank­ford and Cottman av­en­ues.

There is a $20,000 re­ward for in­form­a­tion lead­ing to the iden­ti­fic­a­tion, ar­rest and con­vic­tion of the killer. Call 215-686-3334 to re­port in­form­a­tion or call 911 in an emer­gency. ••

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