PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The family of a 73-year-old man who was beaten to death with a traffic cone say youth linked to his attack are molesting their 84-year-old mother.
Tania Stephens, the niece of murder victim James Lambert Jr., said on three separate occasions in July a group of children approached her and family members outside their mother’s Strawberry Mansion home.
Stephen’s mother is Lambert’s sister.
She said she reported the alleged harassment to police, along with photographs of the youths.
The Philadelphia Police Department said it is investigating the claims.
The Philadelphia County Attorney’s Office said it is also investigating the allegations and takes allegations of witness intimidation seriously.
This week, an assistant district attorney sought a “stay away” order for 14-year-old defendants Richard Jones and Gamara Mosley and all third parties. A judge issued this order.
Lambert was struck on June 24 in the 2100 block of Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia.
According to police, Lambert suffered head injuries and later died.
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Jones and Mosley were charged with third-degree murder and conspiracy. A 13-year-old and a 10-year-old were questioned by police but not charged.
Attorney Lonny Fish, representing Gamara Mosley, said no one related to his client was part of the group seen in the photos of the alleged molesters, but some of the teenagers seen in the photos had previously been friends with Mosely.
Fish made it clear that his client and her family took responsibility and did not stand behind any intimidation.
“My client will take responsibility when the time is right. And my client’s family takes responsibility and condemns each of these acts. And if they could stop it they would, but they have no control over what others do. ‘ said Fish.
Stephens said her family’s grief after the alleged harassment is incredible and she feels it intimidated witnesses.
“It’s extremely hard, everyone is in counseling… They’ve nabbed a very complicated part of our family. I want the parents to hold the 10-year-old accountable,” Stephens said.
She also thinks any children present should be held accountable, but now she says her focus is on protecting her family.
“Our concern is that they killed our uncle. We don’t want them to kill our mother, too,” Stephens said.
Lambert’s family is due to meet with the Philadelphia Attorney’s Office and Police Department on Friday.
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