South Philly man charged with 3rd degree murder

An arrest was made following a homicide that occurred on April 3 in South Philly’s West Passyunk neighborhood. 

Derek Escribano, 22, of the 1900 block of S. 19th Street, was charged with 3rd degree murder in relation to the death of Darren Whitfield, who was shot and killed on the 2000 block of Mercy Street.

According to police, the shooting occurred at 10:52am. Whitfield was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in his lower extremities by 1st District police officers and was transported to Penn-Presbyterian Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.