Police ID woman found decapitated inside home in Philadelphia's Lawndale neighborhood

Police say a 41-year-old woman was found dead on the kitchen floor with her head severed.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Police ID woman found decapitated inside Philadelphia home
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Police say a 41-year-old woman was found dead on the kitchen floor with her head severed. She has been identified as Leila Al Raheel.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia police have identified the woman found decapitated inside her home in the city's Lawndale neighborhood.

The call came in around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday for a stabbing on the 300 block of Magee Avenue.

Police say a 41-year-old woman was found dead on the kitchen floor with her head severed. She has been identified as Leila Al Raheel.

According to neighbors, a male suspect tried to flee in his car but was apprehended.

Philadelphia police say the suspect is 34-year-old Ahmad Shareef.

Ahmad Shareef

Sources say the victim was Shareef's partner and that he had a history of domestic disturbances involving multiple family members.

"Cops are always being called on them, a lot of domestic abuse," said neighbor John Martinez.

Action News is told the couple lived with several other family members inside the home, including young children.

Shareef has been charged with murder, abuse of corpse and other related offenses.

Police recovered a knife.

Neighbors were sickened by the news.

"She was the nicest person," said neighbor Tanya Richardson.

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