TWO teens are facing murder charges after a 15-year-old boy was killed while getting water from a car outside his family home.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office announced charges against Daniel Gardee and Saahir Teagle, both 17, over the killing of Sean Toomey.
The DA’s office said Gardee turned himself in on Wednesday while Teagle was taken into custody in New Jersey and will be extradited back to Philadelphia.
According to police, Toomey had left his house to retrieve a case of water from his family’s car on March 24 when he was shot.
The teen was rushed to a local hospital, where he died hours later.
“I heard the pops and thought it was firecrackers,” Toomey’s father John Toomey told Action News.
“But it only takes a second to grab some water and get in the house and he wasn’t coming back in.
“So I got curious. I put my sweatshirt on, and I went outside and I saw him lying on my neighbor’s lawn.”
Police believe that Gardee and Teagle had participated in an attempted armed robbery of a woman at an ATM and a car theft shortly before Toomey was shot.
Gardee was arrested for battery and disturbing the peace in Miami Beach less than a week after the crime, the DA’s office said.
The two teens were taken into custody at an Airbnb in April, where police allegedly found multiple firearms. Teagle was charged with illegal firearm possession, said prosecutors.
Gardee and Teagle weren’t initially identified as suspects in Toomey’s murder when they were previously arrested, according to the DA’s office.
A suspect in a June 9 carjacking told police that he and two others tried to rob a woman at an ATM, which led authorities to the pair.
Less than a week later, the DA’s office was able to approve charges against them.
“Sean Toomey was a child full of promise and hope, like all children,” said District Attorney Larry Krasner.
“The great potential he held was extinguished in a snap by strangers with firearms.
“Sean Toomey should be alive today and looking forward to the rest of his life.”
However, the news of the charges against Gardee and Teagle comes as John Toomey said Krasner is “culpable” in his son’s murder.
He and other families of gun violence victims in Philadelphia are calling for Krasner’s impeachment, claiming that it’s not Krasner’s job to act as a defense attorney and advocate for criminals – but to prosecute them instead.
“I say we impeach this son of a b***h!” he said to a crowd of people on Tuesday.
A statement from Krasner’s office read: “We do not wish to dignify the exploitation of people who have lost loved ones to violent crime.”