Marple Newtown grad kills man near Drexel University’s campus

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (YC) – Philadelphia Police announced charges following a deadly shooting that happened late Tuesday night near Drexel University in the 3500 block of Lancaster Ave.

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Police say 24-year-old Joseph Howanski intervened when he saw a Drexel student arguing with her 21-year-old boyfriend, Merlos Mukaj.

Howanski, of the 3800 block of Hamilton Street was arrested and charged with murder and related offenses.

Howanski graduated from Marple Newtown High School in 2012 and went on to attend Drexel University majoring in MIS.

“We have a male who’s armed with a gun and a permit to carry, for some reason intervenes in the situation, and at some point pulls his gun and fires three shots into the victim,” said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Philadelphia.

Drexel University and Philadelphia police responded and transported Mukaj to nearby Penn Presbyterian Hospital where he died of his injuries.


(Reporting by Hong Xie; Editing by Nik Hatziefstathiou)

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