$20,000 reward offered in Germantown murder case

February 15, 2012 11:58:48 AM PST
A reward is now being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in connection with the senseless murder of a man in Philadelphia's Germantown section.

The city is offering up to $20,000 in their attempt to find the killer of 23-year-old David McClenic, who was murdered while walking to his girlfriend's house.

Police have focused their search on 26-year-old Anthony Baker. He is described as standing 5'5, weighing 130 pounds and has a last known address on the 6300 block of Algard Street.

Police say McClenic was walking in the area of Merion and Hansberry around 1:29 a.m. back on Thursday, February 9, 2012, when he was accosted by several neighborhood thugs.

"They approached him. They then physically assaulted him. And as he was defending himself from these males in this unprovoked attack, one of the males came up from behind him and just started firing, striking him several times, killing him," said Capt. James Clark of the Philadelphia Police.

McClenic was killed in front of his girlfriend and her family. Police have a murder warrant for Anthony Baker, who is well known to authorities. Baker, who has a history of arrests for drugs and violence, remains at large.

Those who knew the victim say he was a health-care worker for the mentally challenged. No one can understand why he was murdered.

"My son worked every day. He didn't hang out on the streets. He was a wonderful child," said McClenic's mother, Melinda.

McClenic had just completed classes at community college and higher education was on his agenda.

"He did everything right growing up. He went to school, he attended community college. He was scheduled to graduate in May," said Melinda McClenic.

As David's family and friends came to claim his body at the medical examiner's office, his mother issued a bitter plea and declaration.

"I just want the mayor to do something more to help this city to get these thugs off the corner. It's getting to be ridiculous. They don't care about anybody. It has to stop, it has to stop," she said.

Anyone with information is asked contact the Philadelphia Police Department at 215-686-TIPS (8477) or at phillypolice.com.