19-year-old murdered in Germantown;19th teen to die this year in Philly

- Crime scene tape, a shell casing circle and rubber gloves are all that remains at the the corner of Chew Avenue and Montana Street where 19-year-old Thomas Page was shot to death Thursday night. He is the 19th teen murdered in Philadelphia this year.

"It's tragic for anybody's child to be killed—or anybody to be killed. it's distressing that this is happening to kids in this city," Homicide Captain John Ryan said. 

Police say it was just after 9 p.m. Thursday night when two gunmen walked onto the 200 block of East Montana Street and opened fire on the teen right under a police camera mounted on the pole a few feet away.

"He was out there with a friend, they were approached by a group of males, gunfire broke out," Captain Ryan explained.

Investigators say they recovered video of the homicide and the suspects who fired the fatal shots. Shell casing circles lead up an alleyway on this quiet Germantown block just off Chew Avenue.

"It's not clear at this point whether it was a robbery or some other dispute that we're unaware of at this time," the captain explained. 

The latest police statistics are staggering. 151 teens have been shot in the City of Philadelphia so far this year. 19 between the ages of 13 and 19 have died from their wounds. These are clearly dangerous times for young people in Philadelphia.

"They're not gonna have a chance to grow up," the captain added.

Police say there were a number of witnesses to the murder. There's a $20,000 reward for information leading to and arrest and conviction. A neighbor described Page as a good kid who was involved in the ROTC program at school.

Family members were unavailable for comment.    

 

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