1 man charged, another still at-large for fatally shooting Marine home on leave in N. Philly

Kristen Johanson
July 03, 2020 - 7:19 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Authorities are looking for a man who they say robbed and shot a U.S. Marine who was home on leave in North Philadelphia. 

Law enforcement sources say both Devante Bennett and Cornell Horsey robbed 21-year-old Robert Wood as he was walking down Berks Street, near 23rd Street, just after 6:30 p.m. on June 7.

Authorities say Horsey then shot the victim in the chest and back — and also accidentally struck Bennett, who ended up at the same hospital as Wood.

Wood eventually died at the hospital.

Bennett, 23, was arrested at the hospital and is now charged with murder, robbery and other gun offenses. A preliminary hearing is set for September, but authorities are still looking for Horsey, who also has an open drug case.

Wood was an active and beloved member of the community. He was a former junior ROTC member and a Philadelphia police explorer. He was described as a brother, uncle, nephew and friend, according to a GoFundMe page created by Wood’s girlfriend to help with funeral costs.