Man Arrested and Another Wanted in Connection to 2018 Murder of Teen in West Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Authorities in Philadelphia made a breakthrough in the case of the May 2018 murder of 17-year-old Sandrea Williams in West Philadelphia. Devin Bryant turned himself in to police, facing charges of murder and related offenses in connection with Williams’ death. Another suspect, Salik White, remains at large, prompting authorities to call for his surrender.

During a news conference, Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Palmer revealed that Bryant and White are believed to have fired 23 shots into a group of kids, resulting in Williams’ fatal shooting. The incident, stemming from a feud between two groups in West Philadelphia, tragically claimed the life of the 17-year-old girl as she stood in her driveway with a friend. Two teenage boys were also injured in the shooting.

The six-year investigation was a painstaking process, with investigators utilizing various methods, including ballistic evidence and electronic forensics, to piece together the case. City leaders expressed support for the Williams family, acknowledging that while the developments do not change the tragic events of that day, they hope it can bring some closure to the family.

First Deputy Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department John Stanford emphasized the significance of the arrest and the importance of solving cold cases. District Attorney Larry Krasner echoed this sentiment, urging the public to come forward with any information on the whereabouts of Salik White to assist in the ongoing investigation.

The news of Bryant’s arrest marks a significant step toward justice for Sandrea Williams and her family, highlighting the tireless efforts of law enforcement to solve cold cases and bring closure to victims’ families. The community remains hopeful that White will be located soon, further advancing the progress made in the investigation.