12-Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot, Found in Philadelphia Trash Can

by J Pelkey
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A tragic incident unfolded in West Philadelphia as the lifeless body of a 12-year-old boy, identified as Hezekiah Bernard, was discovered inside a trash can. The unsettling discovery revealed that Bernard had been fatally shot in the head. A Philadelphia Housing Authority sanitation worker made the grim find when he came across Bernard’s body wrapped in plastic.

As of now, the Philadelphia Police Department has not identified any suspects, and the investigation into Bernard’s murder is in its initial phases.

From NBC 10 Philadelphia:

Police have identified a 12-year-old boy who they say was found shot to death inside a trash can in Philadelphia last week.

Police said the investigation began Tuesday, Aug. 22, when a Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) sanitation worker picked up a trash container from the 5500 block of Cherry Street and took it to a nearby storage facility where it was housed overnight.

The worker then discovered a body inside the container the next morning, according to investigators.

“On August 23, that same PHA employee drove the sanitation truck, with the container, back to the 5500 block of Cherry Street to gather more trash,” Philadelphia Police Staff Inspector Ernest Ransom, who leads the city’s homicide unit, said during a press conference on Thursday. “During the drive, the container overturned and the remains of a male were observed inside that container with a plastic wrapped around the head with a comforter over him.”

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