KENSINGTON (WTXF) – A devastating start to the week for a Kensington family after a man was shot dead on his own front step.
Family members say Valentino Stewart was the victim. Police say the 34-year-old husband and father was shot 15 times with several of those gunshots to his face. According to relatives, he was outside the house with his brother at the time when two men walked up and fired away. His brother was not hurt.
The family did not want their faces shown out of fear but tell us Valentino witnessed a shooting a couple of days ago at Kensington and Allegheny. They wonder if that lead to his violent death.
“I’m very heart broken. He’s my first cousin. He was a good person. He didn’t do nothing wrong.”
KENSINGTON (WPVI) — The man shot 15 times and killed early Monday in the Kensington section of Philadelphia was a husband and father, his family tells Action News.
Officers were called to the 600 block of East Clementine Street at 5:45 a.m. after reports of a shooting in the neighborhood.
“I just heard gunshots as I was waking up the kids to go to school,” neighbor Danny Santos told us.
Philadelphia police say the victim and his brother were outside of their home when two men ran up and shot the victim 15 times, five times in the head alone.
Numerous evidence markers at the scene showed where each shell casing fell.
Police placed the victim in a patrol car and rushed him to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
His brother was not injured.
Family members tell Action News the victim was a father and husband in his 30s.
“Somebody really wanted to hurt my son for nothing,” said his mother, Yvette Stewart. “Whoever did that to my son, I hope that they come forward. Because I’m (telling) you,
karma do not play.”
Action News is told investigators were looking for two men seen fleeing the scene on foot toward E Street.
There was no immediate word on a possible motive for the deadly shooting.
The murder was the latest in a string of violent incidents involving guns in Philadelphia stretching back to the start of the Easter weekend. The latest police report says there were 27 people shot in Philadelphia in 21 separate incidents since 2 a m. Friday morning until Monday afternoon.