2nd video linked to teacher's murder

June 18, 2008 6:38:44 AM PDT
Philadelphia Police have released another surveillance video in their probe into the murder of 23-year-old Beau Zabel early Sunday morning. Officials say the video shows the suspect seeming to put an object into a plant near the crime scene at 8th and Ellsworth, and then comes back and takes it out.

Again, this is how police describe the images.

Family and friends told police that Zabel always had the iPod with him, and the pocket where he kept it was turned inside-out, police Capt. James Clark said at a Monday news conference. The music player was the only item that appeared to be missing; Zabel's backpack containing his wallet, identification and cash was not taken.

"We believe he possibly was followed to be a victim of a robbery and the robbery went terribly wrong and ultimately he was killed," Clark said.

Other surveillance video released Monday afternoon appears to show Zabel buying a soda from a vending machine at Washington and Passyunk moments before he was murdered a few blocks away.

The same camera caught a possible suspect running up and down the street after the shooting occurred.

Zabel, who wanted to be a public school teacher, had just moved to Philadelphia a few weeks ago.

He died of from a single 9-mm bullet wound to the neck.

Beau Zabel was only 23. He moved here from Minnesota in early May to start the process of getting a teaching job in the Philadelphia school district.

He was killed just a block from the rowhouse where he was living with a roommate. He was heading home at 1:30 a.m. Sunday from his job at a South Street Starbucks when he has killed.

Late Monday afternoon his mother and other relatives who flew in from the Midwest in the wake of this tragedy finished gathering his belongings and left without comment. His sister told Action News Zabel was convinced he was living in a safe neighborhood in the 9th Street market area.


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