Fatal shooting outside Cedarbrook daycare

February 17, 2011 8:51:55 PM PST
Many parents arrived at the Agape Christian Childcare and Development Center and had no idea of the morning murder in front of the facility.

However, the shattered glass and bullet riddled green Pontiac outside left them with an uneasy feeling as they picked up their kids.

"I never heard of anything happening like this," parent Nadirah Rogers said.

"It's an outrage. I'm a criminal defense lawyer and I come in contact with this kind of thing very often, and I am just surprised to find that something like this could happen in this neighborhood so close to where I live," neighbor Venus Foster said.

Police say Epharant Eppersont and his girlfriend were dropping off their young son around 8:30 a.m. on the 1600 block of Wadsworth Avenue.

She went inside with the boy, when police believe the gunman walked up and shot Epperson as he sat in the driver's seat.

He was hit several times in the torso and died at a local hospital.

Police quickly apprehended two men believed to be involved, but they were questioned at police headquarters and detectives now believe they had no involvement in the murder.

The only description detectives have so far of the shooter is the person was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

On Thursday night, friends and family assembled together for a memorial to remember the young father in the very spot where he lost his life.

"The one thing you can say about him is that he's an excellent, excellent father," the friend said.

Teddy bears and candles are set up on the sidewalk surrounded by messages written in chalk in the makeshift memorial for their good friend.

The child care center had no comment.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (215) 686-8040 .