Fourth of July murders still unsolved

COATESVILLE, Pa. - June 27, 2009 The upcoming July 4th holiday is normally a time for celebration and family togetherness, but for two Chester County families it marks a profound loss in their lives.

"She was a person who was full of life," Betsy Branch, Shontae Peterson's mother said.

"Someone just took a piece of our life away," Ms. Parthenia Parker, Carnel Parker's mother said.

21-year-old Shontae Peterson had been dating 24-year-old Carnel Parker for nearly a year. On Saturday night July 5th, 2008 Carnel had gone out with some family and friends. Shontae stayed behind at Carnel's house in the 2-hundred block of Charles Street in Coatesville.

Carnel returned home early the next morning alone.

Police say sometime after 2:30 a.m. both Carnel and Shontae were shot, execution style, inside the house.

"We believe at least more than one suspect entered the residence during the night," Sgt. David Sassa of the Chester County Police Department said.

Carnel's younger sister was also in the home at the time of the shooting, but she was unharmed.

Shontae's family believes Carnel might have been the target.

Carnel's family has no idea why anyone would target him.

But all parties agree that anyone who knows anything should come forward.

"We believe that there's people in the community that have information and there is a reward through the crime commission of $10,000," said Sgt. Sassa.

The reward will go to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. All you have to do is call 215-546-TIPS. A call that could help catch a killer.

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