Three teenaged boys were playing basketball in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia on March 12. Unfortunately, what should have been a fun night turned deadly when they decided to rob someone. They first targeted one person, then decided to mug 51-year-old James Stuhlman, the owner of a suburban landscaping business, instead. Stuhlman was out on his nightly walk on his normally quiet residential street with his labradoodle, Molly. He also usually walked with his daughter, but told her to remain home that night, according to the Associated Press.
Molly remained next to the lifeless body of her owner when he was found dead, a gunshot wound to his chest.
Police homicide Captain James Clark noted that the shooting occurred after a brief struggle, and after the victim begged for his life. The shooters fled without taking anything. Clark indicated the following, according to the Associated Press.
“At one point, he did plead for his life. He said, ‘Please don’t shoot me. Please don’t shoot me.'”
“It’s tragic and really senseless what occurred,” the Captain said.
The boys have been identified as Tyfine Hamilton and Brandon Smith, both 15-years-old. Smith is in police custody and has been charged with murder, robbery, and related charges, according to PeepDizz.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the alleged gunman, Tyfine Hamilton, who is also charged with murder, robbery, and related offenses.
Hamilton is a freshman at Overbrook High School. Police are asking anyone with information on Hamilton’s whereabouts to call 911 or the Philadelphia Police Department.
An unnamed 14-year-old, charged with lesser offenses, is cooperating with police.
Killing an innocent person is unfathomable to most civilized people. What about when someone murders an alleged pedophile? The law shouldn’t be taken into one’s own hands, and the police and court system should handle such cases, it can reasonably be argued, or chaos would rule. A recent Inquisitr article, reported the story of the father of an 11-year-old girl, who a 23-year-old pedophile attempted to lure and possibly assault, who “took the law into his own hands,” so to speak. The unnamed father found out about a months-long internet relationship that was going to possibly result in a meeting between the pedophile and his under-aged daughter. The enraged father posted on social media a disturbing video of his beating the alleged pedophile to death. It can be argued that no one wins in such a case.