Third murder in six days in Crescentville

Cres­centville of­ten gets over­looked as a neigh­bor­hood. In fact, it’s of­ten lumped to­geth­er with nearby Lawndale and called “Lawn­crest” in news me­dia re­ports. But Cres­centville is be­com­ing very well-known among folks who mon­it­or the city’s murder and gun vi­ol­ence prob­lems.

The loc­ale was the set­ting for three mer­ci­less slay­ings with­in six days re­cently, in­clud­ing the fatal shoot­ing of a 32-year-old Wil­low Grove man last Fri­day even­ing.

The gun­fire erup­ted at about 6:17 p.m. on the 5700 block of Wey­mouth St., po­lice said. Linden Henry, 32, was sit­ting in the driver’s seat of a white Ca­dillac that was parked on the block when someone shot him in the left temple, shoulder and chest. He was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Hom­icide in­vest­ig­at­ors marked at least a dozen spots in the street where they found empty shell cas­ings or oth­er evid­ence. Po­lice have re­leased no in­form­a­tion about a sus­pect or motive.

The site is about six blocks from the scene of the Jan. 19 double murder of a wo­man and her adult son in­side their home.

It oc­curred some­time between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the 300 block of Stevens St. The vic­tims were Donna Muller, 49, and Richard Muller, 22. Both had been shot in the back of the head. A re­l­at­ive found their bod­ies on the second floor of the rowhome.

There were no signs of forced entry in­to the res­id­ence or a struggle. Noth­ing had been stolen. Po­lice have not iden­ti­fied a sus­pect or motive. ••

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