Friend Playing With Gun Kills Philadelphia Student, 17

Police say a friend playing with a gun accidentally shot and killed a Philadelphia high school senior.

Investigators tell the Daily News Ivan Oberholtzer shot James Gerard Becker at his home in the city's Kensington section around 3 p.m. last Thursday.

The 17-year-old Becker was pronounced dead around 7 p.m. at Hahnemann University Hospital.

Oberholtzer, who is also 17, is charged with aggravated assault, firearms violations and other offenses.


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He's jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail pending a March 25 preliminary hearing. Online court records didn't list a lawyer to comment on the charges.

The shooting happened about two hours before Officer Robert Wilson III was fatally shot during a robbery at a video game store.

Becker and Oberholtzer were classmates at Kensington CAPA High School.

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