Arrest made in Easter murder of student athlete

May 6, 2011 8:04:03 AM PDT
Police have arrested a man for the shooting death of a student athlete who died in front of his father on Easter Sunday.

On Thursday, the United States Marshals and Philadelphia homicide detectives arrested Julian Frisby.

On April 28th, four days after the killing, a murder warrant was issued for Frisby and U.S. Marshals and Philadelphia Homicide detectives immediately began looking into Frisby's whereabouts.

Frisby was wanted for the murder of Jarell Seay, who was killed Easter Sunday evening on the front porch of his home on the 1300 block of N. 55th Street in West Philadelphia after two men came knocking on the door.

U.S. Marshals say Julian Frisby was hiding inside a home in Norristown, Pa. Acting on information developed in their investigation, officers descended on the house Thursday night, finding Frisby holed up in the basement.

Sources told Action News that a second person was in the basement with Frisby, but it is not clear if it was the same person who was allegedly with Frisby the night of the murder.

Police won't say how Frisby and Jarell Seay might have known each other before the killing, or if they did at all.

As Joel Seay, Jarell's father, told Action News shortly after the killing, he answered a knock at the door just after Easter dinner. Two men asked for his son.

Police say that's when Jarell Seay met the two men at the door and proceeded to walk outside to the front porch. However, Joel felt something wasn't right.

"I stepped out on the porch with them, asking them 'Who are you?' and 'What do you want with him?' One of the guys wouldn't even turn around."

Authorities say words were exchanged on the porch and then one suspect, later identified as Frisby, opened fire, hitting Jarell in the chest.

"The guy turned around with the gun and it was so fast, so fast. He shot my baby, I couldn't protect him," Joel said.

Jarell appeared to have escaped the trappings of the inner city. He had a two-parent household, both were hardworking Christians. Jarell attended Wyncote Academy, a private school in Montgomery County and played on the basketball team. He was set to graduate in June.