2 teens in custody after police identify suspects for murder of Kristian Marche

A 15-year-old and a 16-year-old are in custody.

Steve Tawa
August 22, 2018 - 3:51 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police have identified the suspects in the murder of high school track star Kristian Marche outside of his West Oak Lane home. Their names are withheld as they are minors, but a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old are now both in custody.

Charges include murder, conspiracy and weapons violations.

Philadelphia police arrested one early Wednesday and the other, who allegedly pulled the trigger, Wednesday evening. 

Marche, 18, was shot in the head near his home on East Pastorius Street, a day before he was to head to college.

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Lt. Norman Davenport said Wednesday that Marche was responding to an attempted break-in at the home. He and his mother heard a noise in the back of their home, and when he checked it out, he saw one of the teens jump down from the second-level deck. 

He confronted the two suspects, and while he was standing between them, the one who was behind Marche shot him in the back of the head. Davenport said there was no struggle. It is unclear what the relationship was between Marche and the two teens, if any.

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"He's actually walking behind one offender when the second offender walks up behind him and unexpectedly shoots him in the back of the head," added Davenport. "We know that there was some acquaintance between the victim and the offenders, but we don't know exactly the nature of the relationship."

The two teen suspects also live in West Oak Lane.

Considered one of the faster sprinters around, and a stand-out on the football team, Marche had just graduated from Imhotep Institute Charter High School. He was headed to Penn State University on a partial scholarship, according to his coach.

CBS 3 spoke with Focused Athletics, an organization that mentors inner city student athletes, which reported that Marche scored well on his SAT.

At police headquarters Wednesday afternoon, commanders are to give an update. Just after the murder, police said there were no suspects or motive, and no eyewitnesses came forward.