An Elkins Park man who was a local educator was killed earlier this month. His alleged killer was apprehended last week.
David Lawrence, 39, of the unit block of North 50th Street in West Philly, allegedly killed Ennis Manns, 58, with a stick at 6:25 p.m. July 1 on the same block where he resides, according to the Police Public Affairs Unit. Manns died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 44 minutes after the attack due to head trauma. Police arrested Lawrence at 12:55 p.m. July 7 on the 4700 block of Walnut Street.
The motive of the attack was unknown at press time.
Lawrence was charged with murder, robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of an instrument of a crime and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to court records. He previously pled guilty to a 1991 robbery and served five years probation.
Manns served as the principal at Edwin H. Vare School, 2100 S. 24th Street, between 2006 and ’08 before moving to a North Philly high school where he was assistant principal up until his ’10 retirement at which time he became an education consultant for curriculum and staff development at Universal Companies, 800 S. 15th St.
Universal employees were in disbelief about his death, Dr. Janis Butler, Universal’s executive vice president for education, said in a statement.
“Many on our education team are having difficulty coming to terms with this kind of senseless violence against a gentle man,” Butler said. “... He had been in our office just two days before his death. Ennis had an extremely positive way about him and a great sense of humor. He was a total team player and is already tremendously missed by the Universal family.”
To report information, call Homicide Division at 215-686-3334 or visit www.phillypolice.com/forms.
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