PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Philadelphia police are searching for a teen accused of murdering a 16-year-old on Easter Sunday on South Street.
His friends call him by his nickname ' Pikachu'; however, homicide detectives call him a killer now being sought for the murder of 16-year-old William Bethel during a shooting on South Street Easter Sunday.
"A foolish argument between kids over nothing really substantial that led to this. We believe it was an argument over a woman," Homicide Unit Captain John Ryan told reporters at a late afternoon press conference.
18-year-old Zahmir White is now facing murder charges after homicide detectives say he gunned down Bethel following an argument in the 800 block of South Street.
"It's another senseless tragedy, similar to what happened with the St. Joe's student in South Philly with the double homicide," Captain Ryan said.
Bethel was a star athlete at Boys' Latin High School playing football and basketball. Police say he had friends in the same South Philly neighborhood near 5th and Christian where White lives. The murder happened after White and his friends crossed paths with Bethel and his friends, according to police.
"Disputes and fights that used to get settled with fists get settled with guns now," Captain Ryan.
"He was an amazing person. He had a huge heart for everybody," friend Emily Fisher said.
Bethel's parents, family and friends held a vigil for the slain teenager at a park in Andorra on Sunday. He was remembered fondly by dozens of mourners.
"It makes us feel so much better to know that everybody has so many positives things to say about our baby," his mom, Willisha Bethel, said.
Police say White has prior arrests and is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the Homicide Unit or 9-1-1.