PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Three months after 15-year-old Sean Tommy was shot and killed while running an errand in northeast Philadelphia, two suspects are now in custody. The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office announced murder charges against 17-year-olds Daniel Gardy and Sahir Teagal on Thursday afternoon.
Sean was carrying a case of water from his father’s car to his home when he was fatally shot. Three months after Sean’s murder, police have arrested two juvenile suspects in connection with the deadly shooting.
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The pain of losing his son Sean remains fresh for John Tommy.
John Tommy said, “I don’t know how to describe my feelings for her.” “I don’t want any parent to go through this.”
On Wednesday, Philadelphia police announced two suspects, Daniel Gardy and Sahir Teagal, both 17, are now in custody for the murder of Sean.
“I was happy about it,” said John Tommy. “You know, it closes a chapter on this.”
It is not clear if the suspects are the same ones captured in surveillance videos that spies released back in April.
Officials say one of the suspects, Gardi, surrendered to police on Wednesday. The other, Teagle, was taken into custody in New Jersey and will be extradited back to Philadelphia to face charges. They will be charged with murder, conspiracy and related charges.
“I know they’re young, and it is… but my kid was young too,” said John Tommy, “so you know, I don’t have a whole lot of sympathy.”
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It is unclear what the motive for the murder is, but police say Sean’s killers attempted to make a woman cross the street before firing at Sean.
“The people who did this, I want them to go and rot in hell,” said John Tommy.
Sean would have celebrated his 16th birthday this week.
Instead, he sits in an urn in his father’s living room.
If he could have one last conversation with his son, this is what he would say.
“I would say, I’m really sorry I let this happen,” John Tommy said. “And I miss her forever and a day later I’ll see her again. And I love her.”
Toomey says some days are better than others, he’s trying to stay strong for his 17-year-old daughter.
Announcing the charges Thursday, the district attorney called Sean’s murder a “grave injustice.”
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“Sean Tommy was a child full of promise and hope, like any other child,” District Attorney Larry Krasner said. “The great potential he possessed was extinguished in a jiffy by strangers with firearms. Sean Tommy must be alive today and wait for the rest of his life. To those who knew and loved him: Sean The loss of his life is a grave injustice, and we are saddened and outraged by his death.