Homicide detectives report they have arrested a suspect in the shooting of Hafeezah Nuri-Deen, a young wife and mother who was murdered over the weekend.
The suspect, identified as Daniel Shelley, 19, turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday, October 11th. Shelley, from the 1700 block of Pearl Street, is being charged with homicide and related offenses.
“The investigation is still proceeding, and we’re still determining the exact motive in this case; but the suspect in the shooting turned himself in this morning,” said Capt. James Clark, commander of the Homicide Unit.
“The decedent was leaving her father’s house on Saturday evening, and he was taking her back home,” said Clark. “As they walk to his car a group of young Black males run past them. Another young male, the suspect, was at the end of the block on a bike. He saw the group of males and started shooting. He fired at least ten shots — two of those rounds struck the victim in the back and shoulder. Her father drove her to Lankenau Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.”
Nuri-Deen held a Bachelor of Education degree from Cheyney University and a Master of Education degree from Cabrini College.
According to police reports, on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:53 p.m. officers from the 19th District responded to a report of a person with a gun in the 5800 block of Malvern Avenue. When police arrived at the scene they learned that the victim, Nuri-Deen, 31, had been taken to Lankenau Medical Center with gunshot wounds to the back and shoulder.
Physicians pronounced her dead at 8:34 p.m.