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Teens Charged With Murder of Man, 73, Beaten to Death With Traffic Cone | Video


*Two teenagers have been charged with murder in the fatal beating of a 73-year-old man in Philadelphia last month.

According to reports, the victim, James Lambert, saw a group of minors, three girls and four boys, on a basketball court in the early hours of June 24 and asked why they were outside at that time of the morning. This prompted the group to attack him with food, punches, and a traffic cone. After the attack, they fled the scene. 

“The victim was transported to the hospital where he died of his injuries the following day,” the police statement read

The attack was caught on surveillance video and released by the Philadelphia Police Department last week. A citywide search was launched to find the minors and Philly police announced a $20,000 reward leading to their arrest.

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Two girls, aged 13 and 14, surrender to police in connection with the killing. The eldest will be charged with 3rd-degree murder while the 13-year-old was released from police headquarters as she did not attack the victim, NBC Philadelphia reports.

Her arrest came a day after a 14-year-old boy was charged with 3rd-degree murder. The boy and his 10-year-old brother turned themselves in to the police on Monday, per the report. 

Both teenagers will be charged as adults under Pennsylvania law. Per FOX 29, the 10-year-old has been released and was not charged. 

“It’s so evil, how could you do that to a person,” said Elsie Stephens, the older sister of Lambert. “You have a mother and a father, how could you just beat a man until you take off half of his skull.”

“No one else has been charged in connection with this crime at this time, although that may change given the ongoing nature of this investigation,” the DA’s office said in a written statement. “DA Krasner and everyone at the DAO express our condolences to Mr. Lambert’s family, friends, and community over his shocking and tragic death.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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