Devan Harris : Memorial Day Weekend Violence: 3 Homicides in 45 Minutes

By | May 28, 2024



Accident – Death – Obituary News : : 1. Philadelphia Memorial Day weekend violence
2. Philadelphia homicides 2021

The long holiday weekend in Philadelphia was marred by a surge of violence, with three deadly shootings occurring in less than an hour on Sunday night. In Feltonville, gunshots erupted on Rorer Street, resulting in the death of 34-year-old Devan Harris. Another fatal shooting took place in Strawberry Mansion, claiming the life of 23-year-old Anthony Turner. Additionally, a 55-year-old woman was shot in North Philadelphia. Despite the tragic incidents, no arrests have been made. Community members are working to prevent further violence. Stay informed with the 6abc Neighborhood Safety Tracker. Copyright © 2024 WPVI-TV.

1. Philadelphia violent crime spree
2. Memorial Day weekend homicides in Philadelphia

Violence Strikes Philadelphia Over Holiday Weekend

Over the long holiday weekend, the city of Philadelphia was rocked by a series of violent incidents. Police responded to three separate deadly shootings in less than an hour on Sunday night, leaving residents shocked and devastated.

Deadly Shootings in Feltonville

The first shooting took place in Philadelphia’s Feltonville section on Rorer Street by Bingham shortly before 10:30 p.m. Gunshots rang out as several shooters began firing at a crowd that had gathered on the street. In a tragic turn of events, the victim, 34-year-old Devan Harris, was shot multiple times in the head and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Investigators found multiple groupings of spent shell casings at the scene, indicating a chaotic and violent confrontation between multiple individuals. Harris, described by friends as a devoted family man with a young daughter, was not the intended target of the shooting.

Fatal Shooting in Strawberry Mansion

Just 30 minutes after the first incident, another fatal shooting occurred in the city’s Strawberry Mansion section. A 23-year-old man, identified as Anthony Turner, was shot and taken to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.


Angelo Booker from Philadelphia Ceasefire, an organization working to stop violence in the community, was on the scene posting signs and reaching out to witnesses. Booker emphasized the importance of community support in solving these cases and preventing further violence.

Tragedy Strikes North Philadelphia

Later in the night, around 11:15 p.m., a 55-year-old woman was shot once in the head in North Philadelphia. The victim, Tonya Shelton, was a long-time resident of the block and described as a social butterfly by her daughter, Sara Jackson. The motive behind the shooting remains unclear, and police are still searching for the perpetrator.

These senseless acts of violence have left the community reeling, with no arrests made in any of the cases. Residents are left mourning the loss of loved ones and grappling with the impact of these tragic events.

Neighborhood Safety and Support

In the wake of these incidents, community organizations like Philadelphia Ceasefire are working tirelessly to provide support and resources to those affected by violence. By coming together as a community and offering assistance to witnesses, they hope to bring justice to the victims and prevent further tragedies.

As the city grapples with these shocking developments, it is crucial for residents to band together and support one another in the face of adversity. Only through unity and cooperation can we begin to address the root causes of violence and create a safer, more peaceful city for all.

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