Gone Cold: Family still seeking tips 15 years after young man killed inside Upper Darby bar

Kristen Johanson
October 19, 2019 - 8:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It has been 15 years since a young man was stabbed in the heart inside a bar in Upper Darby. The case has been profiled on KYW Newsradio's original podcast Gone Cold, and the family is still seeking answers or tips from the public.

Jason Richardson went to the Terminal Square Bar in Upper Darby on Oct. 16, 2004. A fight broke out, and the 22-year-old was nicked in the heart with a knife as he tried to break up the fight.

"They just took a person — a good person who wouldn't hurt anyone — away," said Leola Richardson, his mother. 

Leola says Jason was known as the peacekeeper in his West Philadelphia neighborhood.

"One summer, two of his friends got ready to fight, and he goes out and he goes to try to break them up because that is the type of person he was. And I told him, I told him, 'Jason, stop doing that, because you will be the one to get hurt,'" she said. 

Authorities say hundreds of people were in the bar but no one has come forward to say what they may have seen or know. 

Leola and her family beg anyone with information to come forward.

"The pain doesn't go away, it doesn't really get better, you just learn to deal with it," she added. 

Anyone with any information, even the slightest tip on Jason's case, is asked to call Upper Darby police.

For more on this story, listen to Episode 1 of the KYW Newsradio original podcast Gone Cold: Philadelphia Unsolved Murders, by Kristen Johanson and Tom Rickert. Subscribe to Gone Cold wherever you get your podcasts.