Street memorial forms for man stabbed to death near Rittenhouse Square

A makeshift memorial has taken shape at 17th and Chancelor Streets.

Hadas Kuznits
July 14, 2018 - 2:54 pm
Schellenger Memorial

Hadas Kuznits | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A makeshift memorial has taken shape on the corner near Rittenhouse Square where a prominent real estate developer was stabbed to death during an argument.

People who walked by the memorial at 17th and Chancelor Streets on Saturday gasped when they realized it was the site where 37-year-old Sean Schellenger was murdered Thursday night.

"I live in the area, and I was just walking by this way and I saw all of this, and I said, 'I think this is where that murder happened,'" said one woman. "It's scary. There are so many crazy people in this world. And you gotta have eyes behind your head 24/7."

Others came to the corner on purpose.

"I was in the neighborhood and I decided to turn down 17th Street. I really just wanted to see what the scene kind of looked like," another woman said. "I just wanted to see what the status of it was and also walk down here and just maybe if I ran into anyone else examining it, too."

The memorial is a framed picture of Schellenger with cards from his business and charitable ventures, as well as candles, flowers and notebooks, where people are invited to write their thoughts about the victim.

"Shocked! Heartbroken," said another woman. "I feel like it's not real. He was the nicest guy in the world, like a big teddy bear. That's how I can describe him, just really sweet."