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Pa. Football Star Is Fatally Shot — and Suspect Is Twin Brother, a Standout on Same Team 1

A highschool soccer star in Philadelphia was fatally shot on Sunday, and the suspected killer is his twin brother, who was additionally a soccer standout on the similar faculty.

Philadelphia police stated in a assertion obtained by PEOPLE that Suhail Gillard, 18, died Sunday after being shot within the chest. The subsequent day, his twin brother, Fayaadh was arrested and charged with homicide and different crimes.

Police responded to a report of a particular person with the gun, the assertion says, however police haven’t commented additional on the circumstances of the killing or a potential motive.

NBC Philadelphia experiences the twins had been seniors at Mastery Charter North High School, and that Suhail was a three-time All-Public League operating again. A tweet by Mickey Grace, an assistant coach with the soccer workforce, stated Fayaadh additionally made the All-Public workforce who performed operating again and linebacker.

John Davidson, Mastery’s head coach, advised The Philadelphia Inquirer that Suhail had a number of faculties inquisitive about him.

School principal Chris Ziemba advised the paper, “Suhail was a beloved student. He was an amazingly strong member of our community. He got along with everyone. He stood up for everyone. He was extremely bright. So capable. He was amazing on the football field. He had an amazingly bright future ahead of him.”

Days earlier than the capturing, Grace celebrated the brothers’ choice to the All-Public workforce on Twitter, describing them as “twins who are different but their love of the game, work ethic & ridiculous pain tolerance made them incredibly coachable.”


Team captain Trenton Williams, 18, advised The Inquirer he believes the capturing wasn’t intentional. “I know Fayaadh didn’t do it on purpose. I know it was an accident. That’s his twin. His twin would never do that. They had much love for each other. I just cried my eyes out.”

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In addition to homicide, Fayaadh is charged with possession of an instrument of crime, unsworn falsification to authorities and obstructing justice.

The Inquirer experiences he was launched from custody after posting 10 % of his $125,000 bail.

It wasn’t instantly clear if Fayaadh has entered a plea or retained an legal professional who may remark on his behalf.


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