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Facebook Murder-for-Hire Victim Shot Dead



    Was Murder Victim on the Wrong Side of the Law?

    The victim of an alleged murder-for-hire plot on Facebook is murdered. Now, police investigate if another crime may have led to his death. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011)

    “I will pay somebody a stack to kill my baby father,” London Eley wrote on her Facebook status May 23.

    On Monday night the father of her baby was shot dead in West Philly, police say.

    Eley was already brought up on murder solicitation and weapons charges for the murder-for-hire Facebook post, and was in court on Monday when a judge upheld those charges.

    The father of Eley’s baby, 22-year-old Corey White, was shot once in the chest on the 5100 block of Hadfield Street hours after the court hearing, police say.

    Police cannot yet say if White’s murder had anything to do with Eley’s death wish.

    "Obviously this is something we're going to look at very strongly as to why Mr. White was killed, however, there are a couple other theories out there..." Philadelphia Police Captain James Clark said in a press conference.

    Police say that witnesses told them that two men pulled up in a brown car. One of the men got out of the vehicle, argued with White and alleged shot him before fleeing the scene.

    The brown car that may have been used in the shooting was stolen from the 69th Street Terminal Monday afternoon and set on fire Monday night in Yeadon, Delaware County, police said.

    Upper Darby Police also confirmed Tuesday that White was being investigated as the possible getaway driver in a July shooting outside the Venue nightclub that left 23-year-old Randy Campbell dead. White was known to drive around the suspect in that case John "Big John" Gordon, cops said.

    White spoke to NBC Philadelphia back in June, saying that he was scared for his life (SEE VIDEO).

    “I never thought she would do anything like that," White told NBC Philadelphia, with only his shoes showing for the camera. "I didn't know she was that type of person."

    Eley, 19, was arrested June 12 along with the alleged hitman-to-be, 18-year-old Timothy Bynum of Darby.

    After Eley wrote the status, and commented further that she wanted White “DEAD! HATE HIM,” Bynum responded on the social networking page: “say no more. what he look like. where he be at. need that stack 1st ima mop that bull."

    A “stack” is slang for $1,000.

    “I just took it upon myself to go ahead and make sure that I wouldn’t have any done to me,” White told NBC Philadelphia.  “On pictures that [Bynum] has, he has guns his pictures on Facebook. So of course you wouldn’t take anything like that lightly.”

    White went to police with his aunt, who was the first to see the threatening messages on Facebook.

    After Monday’s court hearing, defense lawyer Gerald Stein said Eley was only venting and exchanged messages with Bynum for an hour, but never met him.

    Eley and Bynum have been incarcerated since police arrested them in June.

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