Man charged in West Chester student death

October 16, 2009 5:10:32 PM PDT
A man has been charged in the killing of a student from West Chester University.

21-year-old Selene Raynor was building a good life for herself when her life was taken. Police found the West Chester University senior slumped over the wheel of her mother's Jeep Thursday on North Newkirk Street in North Philadelphia. She'd been shot in the face and left there the night before.

Police have charged 19-year-old Terrell Hart with her murder. Investigators say Hart and Raynor were in a relationship and that she picked him up from his house on Clifford Street Wednesday night before driving a 1/2 mile to Newkirk Street to talk.

"They're talking and he pulls out a gun and shoots her. She has no chance to run, to fight, to do anything," Captain James Clark of the Philadelphia Police said.

Selene was 8 weeks pregnant when shot point blank with a semi-automatic gun. Detectives don't know if the pregnancy had anything to do with her killing.

Selene's fellow West Chester students can't imagine why someone would want to harm the smart and kind chemistry major who always helped and encouraged people.

She had been a resident assistant, a member of the black student union, student activities and a gospel choir.

"It's very sad. From all accounts she was a nice young lady. It seems she got hooked up with the wrong guy. And as a result of that, her demise came," Clark said.

Police are testing and tracing the gun they found that they think is the murder weapon.

It is still not clear if the pregnancy is connected to her killing, but the number one cause of death for pregnant women in America is murder.


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