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Police found the victim with a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. The motive is uncertainand no arrest has been made.

First District police discovered a 22-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his chest lying in the street on the 2700 block of Snyder Avenue last week.

Medic 37 took John J. Jewell, of the 2900 block of Reed Street, to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead at 12:27 a.m., said Lt. Joe Maum of the Homicide Division.

The lieutenant said a handgun was used in the Oct. 22 slaying that occurred minutes after midnight.

Investigators are looking at a possible suspect and motive in the case, said a source with South Detective Division.

To report information, call the Homicide Division at 215-686-3334/35.

 

Arrest in singer's stabbing

A South Philly man has been charged with stabbing singer Jonathan "Chico" DeBarge last Thursday inside an Old City nightclub, police said.

The victim -- in town appearing in a theater production -- was knifed after he tried to break up an altercation, said police.

John Casasanto, 45, was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, weapons offenses and related charges, said Inspector Bill Colarulo of the Police Public Affairs Unit.

A police source said Casasanto is from the 1100 block of Durfor Street.

The disturbance that led to the stabbing broke out at 3:15 a.m. between a group of female patrons inside Club Deco on the 100 block of North Front Street, said the inspector.

After that fight subsided, another one erupted between several men inside the club, Colarulo said. When DeBarge tried to intervene, Casasanto allegedly knifed him in the lower back, said the inspector.

The victim was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, said Officer Sheila Smith of the Police Public Affairs Unit.

DeBarge, a former Motown recording artist, was performing in the Merriam Theater production Why Did I Get Married? with singer Kelly Price, said a spokesperson for the theater. The spokesperson added that DeBarge was treated and released from the hospital on Friday, but missed that evening's performance. The performer is currently on a U.S. tour with the production.

DeBarge's family name is best known for the band that gained popularity during the mid-1980s with the disco song Rhythm of the Night and other hits.

 

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