2 Teens Charged in Elderly Man's Murder

Investigators say 17-year-old girl used grandfather's handgun

Two teenagers were charged in connection with the murder of an 87-year-old Cedarbrook man earlier this week.

Philadelphia homicide detectives say a 17-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy confessed to killing George Greaves outside his home on Wednesday.

Police sources tell NBC Philadelphia's Monique Braxton the pair gave statements confessing to the crime on Friday night. Investigators say  the girl pulled the trigger and told police she used her grandfather's handgun in the fatal shooting.

But the suspect's grandfather told Braxton his granddaughter did not use his handgun in the shooting. He said she was picked up by police at his home. He also says the 17-year-old is a student at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School and has never been in trouble with the law before.

NBC Philadelphia is not releasing the grandfather's name because police have not released the name of the 17-year-old suspect.

Police say the teen suspects live just a few blocks away from Greaves and said they planned to rob him. Investigators also say the suspects told police they snatched a ladies purse not far from Greaves' home.

Greaves was found with a bullet through his chest in his driveway on the 7900 block of Pickering Street Wednesday afternoon.

Witnesses say they saw a woman wearing a Muslim headscarf and a man in a black shirt and shorts run from Greaves' house shortly after hearing shots fired.

Neighbors say Greaves, who many knew by his nickname, “Bud” was living out his golden years and enjoying life. Some say the arrests bring a sense of relief.

"My 5-year-old didn't want to come outside. Everyone was staying in..some people didn't want to go to work," Denyse Morgan said.

Greaves was a World War II veteran and Navy Seabee.


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