Philadelphia

Deadly Stabbing Near Center City Tourist Spots

The park where the man died has been hosting weekend pop-up beer gardens & is considered a safe place for homeless people

What to Know

  • The stabbing in the shadow of Logan Circle left a homeless man dead.
  • The park where the deadly stabbing occurred is being used for a pop-up beer garden.
  • Officers took a person into custody following the stabbing and recovered a weapon.

A stabbing left a homeless man dead in the shadow of some of Center City Philadelphia's popular tourist spots Friday morning.

Officers found the man, who was in his 50s, dead from multiple stab wounds to his head and neck around 7:45 a.m. at Shakespeare Park at 19th and Vine streets, Philadelphia police said.

Police arrested someone a couple blocks away and recovered a weapon.

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"I thought maybe it was shoplifting but then in a few minutes about 15 to 20 police officers showed up," Andrew Lucibello, who witnessed the arrest, said.

The area is popular with residents and tourists as Logan Square, Sisters Cities Park, the Free Library of Philadelphia's Parkway Central Library and The Logan luxury hotel are all nearby.

A tent and trailers are set up near the bloody scene for Parks on Tap Jr., which features a pop-up beer garden during the "Fireflies" public art exhibit at night Thursdays through Sundays.

A number of services are also provided in the area for homeless people and it's considered a safe place for homeless people, Michael Rabb, who handles social services for the free library, told NBC10's Aundrea Cline-Thomas.

No word on a motive in the killing.

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