A 25-tear-old man having dinner in a Pennsylvania residence on Thanksgiving died after being hit by a bullet that entered the home, according to a press release from the Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney.
The victim, Edilberto Miguel Palaez Moctezuma, had been having dinner when the shot breached the window and hit him, according to relatives, the release noted.
An arrest warrant has been issued for a 19-year-old individual named Kevon Clarke.
“An arrest warrant for Clarke charges him with First-Degree Murder, Third-Degree Murder, Person Not to Possess a Firearm, Carrying a Firearm without a License, Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Possessing an Instrument of Crime,” according to the release.
“Detectives located seven projectiles in the area of Basin and Arch Streets, as well as one live round. The investigation determined through the use of two different surveillance videos and analysis of the bullet hole in the window that the shot fired into the Arch Street residence killing Pelaez Moctezuma came from Clarke’s shooting location. Two other males are seen in the surveillance video running from the shooting scene. The investigation into this homicide is continuing,” the release noted.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele described the victim as an “innocent bystander.”
“Mr. Palaez Moctezuma was murdered while eating Thanksgiving dinner inside his home, and to be clear, he and his family were not involved in the dispute between Clarke and others,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said.
“This is the second innocent bystander killed this year by a senseless dispute that turned to gun violence by someone who is not even legally able to own a gun. We hold the people involved in this kind of violence accountable here in Montgomery County. We will find this shooter and the others involved in this killing and seek justice for the murder of an innocent man, who wasn’t safe even in the confines of his own home,” Steele said.