Community grieves for two teens killed

April 21, 2009 4:53:45 AM PDT
Police are searching for the gunmen who shot and killed two teenagers Sunday night in South Philadelphia.Both victims were shot at point blank range at 29th near Morris Street, lawmen are trying to determine who killed them and why.

There is enormous grief as sets of families try to comfort each other after the execution-style murder of 2 teenagers who were best friends.

18-year-old Dominique Smith and 15-year-old Harvey Lewis, a cadet in the Police Explorer Academy, were ambushed shot once each in the back of the head as they reportedly left a friend's house.

"No prior contact with the law, never been in trouble, like I said one of them was a police explorer which are young men that aspire to be police officers uh when they get older so they both seem like really good kids they haven't had any prior altercations that I'm aware of," said Captain James Clark.

Police say 3 young males were seen running away 9 millimeter shell casings were found at the scene. Police sources say a murder weapon was recovered, the motive, Smith's family believes they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"I was told that they were in the wrong place because it's a war out here between 27th, they thought they were wrong 31st Street," said Sharon Smith, one of the victim's mother.

"They're killing each other for no reason it's stupid, they were coming from seeing their girlfriend," said Tanaj, one of the victim's brothers.

Lewis' family said he had decided he wanted to go into law enforcement one day.

"Harvey was a good boy he was getting in trouble so I put him in the little police academy so Harvey started straightening out his life and do the right thing," said Arleen Weston, Lewis' mother.

"We just want somebody to come forward and tell us what happened, somebody knows something come forward," said Earl Walker Jr., Lewis' stepfather.

If you have any information you are urged to call 215-686-3334 or 3335.

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