Chester County DA: Drug dealing common thread in series of killings

Jim Melwert
May 01, 2018 - 12:27 pm

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CHESTER COUNTY (KYW Newsradio) -- Chester County’s district attorney says three recent arrests are a reminder that drug-dealing comes with violence.

Tom Hogan says there’s a common thread to three recent homicide charges for separate killings in Phoenixville, North Coventry, and the Coatesville area: “Drug dealing is inherently violent and comes with a death toll attached to it.”

In the North Coventry death, Hogan says the victim was a 17-year-old trying to protect three children all under the age of 10 from a robbery at a drug house.

“And because he tried to protect the kids, the robbers gunned him down, shooting him in the chest, killing him,” Hogan said.

Hogan says the victim in the Phoenixville shooting was 15 years old. And the Coatesville-area shooting was a drive-by after a man suspected the victim of stealing money and cocaine from him.

Hogan says it’s important they make an arrest for what he calls "ping-pong homicides."

“In other words," Hogan said, "somebody gets killed over drugs, and if there’s not an arrest, somebody else will be killed because there will be a revenge killing.”