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Victim in Soccer Tourney Shooting May Have Been Targeted: Cops

Police say one of the victims of Sunday's shooting was a witness to a 2008 murder one of the suspects was wanted for.



    While Wilmington Police have not officially released a motive in the deadly shootings at a weekend soccer tournament, NBC10 has learned there may be a link between one of the victims and one of the suspects. 47-year-old Herman Curry, who organized the event, may have been targeted because of a crime he saw several years ago, according to family friends. (Published Tuesday, July 10, 2012)

    Police say one of the three people killed during a shooting at a Wilmington soccer tournament may have been targeted.

    The shooting happened around 2:30 Sunday afternoon at Eden Park.

    Three people -- 16-year-old Alexander Kamarra, 47-year-old Herman Curry and an unidentified 33-year-old -- were shot when three men allegedly began firing into a crowd of people watching a soccer game, police confirm.

    Some fans fired back at the suspects, fatally injuring one of them, according to investigators.

    Police say the three suspects fled the scene and crashed the getaway car a few blocks away. Sheldon Olge, 43, was found in the vehicle. He was taken to Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    The other two suspects fled on foot. They were discovered hiding in a nearby vacant lot on B and Bradford Streets, investigators say.

    Authorities announced Monday that two of the injured spectators, Kamarra and Curry, died due to their injuries.

    "For no reason somebody killed my brother," said Kamarra's sister Florence Wilson while in tears. "For no reason they took somebody precious. He was an angel."

    Police say Kamarra was waiting his turn to play in the tournament when the shooting took place and he was struck in the head. The teen's family says he was an honor roll student hoping to achieve an athletic scholarship to college.

    "Something that God decides we can't undecide," said the teen's father. "That's God's work. That's all I know."

    Otis Phillips, 34, of New Castle and Jeffrey Phillips, 22, of Wilmington are charged with two counts of 1st Degree Murder as well as Attempted Murder and various other charges.

    Upon his arrest, police discovered that Phillips was also wanted for a 2008 murder at a Wilmington club. 

    Family friends tell NBC10 Curry witnessed that same murder. Investigators say he may have been targeted.

    Curry was a Jamaican native, father of six and a grandfather. He worked as an instructor at a school for children with autism.

    "Just a family man," said Dr. Alison Allen, Curry's co-worker and friend. "Whenever you struck up a conversation with him he'd talk about his children and his wife."

    "He worked several jobs," said Curry's brother-in-law Tim Bennett. "He would come home and get ready and go coach his teams and I used to joke with him, 'when do you ever sleep?'
    Alex's family has set up a memorial fund for their son. Donations can be made to the Alex Kamarra Memorial Fund at any local WSFS bank.