Authorities have filed charges in last week's quadruple murder in West Philly

Kristen Johanson
November 29, 2018 - 1:30 pm
Police say suspect Jahlil Porter, 32, has been arrested and charged with murder, robbery and related offenses.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — One man has been charged and two others are in custody, all connected to last week’s quadruple murder in West Philadelphia.

32-year-old Jahlil Porter has been charged with four counts of murder and robbery. The others are being questioned by detectives. 

Authorities say stepbrothers Akeen Mattox and William Taylor, who were renovating homes in the area, found a stash of drugs and arranged to sell it to one of the suspects.

"It's going to blow your mind how insignificant it was, in the grand scheme of dealing with life," said Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Richard Ross. 

 

Though he couldn't yet disclose how much it was worth, Ross says the stepbrothers and sisters 17-year-old Yaleah Hall and 20-year-old Tiyaniah Hopkins were found shot execution-style in the basement of a home. 

"The acts that they committed are beyond comprehension to me, that you could do this to four human beings," Ross said. 

He says the case was solved because of good old-fashion detective work. 

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"There weren't a lot of people raising their hands and ringing our phones, so these detectives were really grinding it out," Ross said. 

Porter, who has a list of prior charges and convictions, including gambling and conspiracy, has a preliminary hearing set for next month.  

"Those families will not have closure, because the manner of which their loved one died, but at least, we believe we have the people responsible," Ross added.

This story has been updated at 7.30 p.m. Nov. 29, 2018.