Pennsylvania suspect arrested in connection to man fatally shot by stray bullet while eating Thanksgiving dinner

Source: MEGA; Montgomery County District Attorney

Dec. 14 2021, Published 4:55 p.m. ET

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A Pennsylvania mas was apprehended in connection to the deadly Thanksgiving shooting of a man who was eating with his family when struck by a stray bullet.

The U.S. Marshals Eastern Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force arrested Kevon Clarke, 19, in Philadelphia around 11 a.m. on Dec. 13 and charged him with first- and third-degree murder as well as other offenses, WPVI-TV reported.

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On Nov. 25 shortly before 9:30 p.m., authorities said, Clarke was in an argument over stolen alcohol that escalated into a shootout in Norristown, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said.

A bullet he allegedly fired, prosecutors said, went through the window of a nearby home and struck 25-year-old Eddie Miguel Palaez Moctezuma in the torso while he was dining with his family.

The victim was airlifted to Penn Presbyterian, where he was pronounced deadfrom the gunshot wound.

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“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 DA Kevin Steele said.

Clarke is being held without bail for the deadly incident.

“He was loved,” the victim's sister, Jaremy Pelaez, told WPVI-TV. “I know he was loved. He was just so kind. I can't even describe him. He never had a bad intention.”


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