Police release charges, mug shot in South Philadelphia teen murders

WPVI logo
Monday, October 30, 2017
Suspect in teen murders surrenders to police
Suspect in teen murders surrenders to police. Jeff Chirico reports during Action News at 11 p.m. on October 27, 2017.

SOUTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Police confirmed Monday that 16-year-old Brandon Olivieri, the suspect in the killings of two teenagers in South Philadelphia last week, has been charged with two counts of murder.

Authorities have also released his mug shot.

Olivieri surrendered at Philadelphia police headquarters Friday evening. Escorted by an attorney and two friends, Olivieri hid his face as he turned himself in at police headquarters.

In what may have been his last moments of freedom, the 16-year-old hugged his friends before turning to face double murder charges.

Olivieri is being held without bail, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 15.

He has been named a suspect in the murder of two 16-year-olds, Salvatore DiNubile and Caleer Miller.

Police released these photos of 16-year-old Brandon Olivieri.

The deadly shooting happened just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 2300 block of South 12th Street near Ritner Street.

Police said the violence started as an argument between a group of kids, ending with at least one shooter firing bullets from a .45 caliber handgun.

Police said both Miller and DiNubile were shot in the chest.

Arrest likely within days in death of 2 teens: Katherine Scott reports during Action News at Noon on October 26, 2017.

Witnesses said they heard some sort of argument prior to the shooting. A surveillance video shows neighbors scrambling from the spot where gunfire erupted.

Then early Friday morning, Olivieri's residence was targeted in a shooting.

Police confirm South Philly gunfire connected to teen murders. Commissioner Richard Ross had this update on the morning of Oct. 27, 2017.

The shots were fired around 1:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of South Juniper Street, which is just a few blocks away from the murder scene.

No one was injured in this shooting, and there have been no arrests in that shooting incident.

The outbreak of violence has neighbors concerned.

"Sure I'm worried. I'm concerned because there's children up the street," said Larry Mangiola. "These are all people, young, babies, toddlers, and they've got to be exposed to this? It's ridiculous."

Hours later and miles away, a school lock down was also connected to the case.

Police were contacted Friday after threats were made against Roman Catholic High School and Hallahan Catholic Girls High School.

Police say they investigated, and found the threat to be unfounded.

Watch the report from Action News at 5 p.m. on October 27, 2017.

DiNubile was remembered as a beloved member of the hockey team at Saint Joe's Prep, where he was in his junior year.

Miller, who would have turned 17 next month, was remembered as a son, a big brother and a friend to all.

Meanwhile, neighbors are relieved an arrest has been made, but distraught that three families have been destroyed.

Jared Levine of South Philadelphia said, "It's sad. This young guy's life is ruined. The fact that he ruined two other lives."

Lauren Katz of South Philadelphia said, "It's horrible. It's gotta stop. No more guns, have to communicate."


Send a breaking news alert
Report a correction or typo
Learn more about the 6abc apps