South Philadelphia fatal stabbing: 16-year-old relative is person of interest in death of Philly woman

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A 16-year-old relative has been identified as a person of interest in connection with the stabbing of a woman found at her home in South Philadelphia.

Police were called to the 2300 block of South 20th Street around 12:30 a.m. Friday to report a stabbing.

Officers entered the home and found the 64-year-old victim lying on his back in a second-floor hallway outside a bedroom.

According to police, she was unresponsive and bleeding. A knife described as a “bread knife” with a 10- or 12-inch blade was found a foot from her head, police say. There was blood on the knife.

“She was clearly stabbed in the neck multiple times,” said Scott Small, chief inspector of the Philadelphia Police Department.

According to the police, the woman lived in the house. Several family members were in the house at the time and were being questioned by detectives as witnesses.

A family member, a 16-year-old man who had blood and cuts on his hands, was taken to Jefferson Methodist Hospital. He is considered a person of interest, police say.

Small says police believe he also lives in the house.

His exact relationship with the victim is not yet clear.

“We don’t know what motivated this stabbing, which escalated and turned into homicide,” Small said.

Investigators were working to obtain a search warrant for the home.

Small says there are security cameras on the block and the police want to see if they caught anything outside of the house to help with the investigation.

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