Two Chester Men Arrested and Charged with First Degree Murder in 2019 Fatal Shooting
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: May 1, 2019
CONTACT PERSON: Chelsey Price, 484-502-9976
MEDIA, Pa -- Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland and Chester Police Commissioner Otis Blair announced the arrest of Christopher Gordy, 28, and Lamar Reginald Gordy, 30, who are charged with first-degree murder in a fatal shooting that occurred on February 11, 2019, in the area of the 700 block of Pennell Street in Chester which resulted in the death of a male victim.
Christopher Gordy, 28, and his brother, Lamar Reginald Gordy, 30, both from the 700 block of West Union Street in Chester, are charged with criminal homicide and first and second-degree murder, all felonies of the first degree, along with possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Christopher Gordy is also charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, a felony of the second degree, and possession of a firearm without a license, a felony of the third degree. The investigation was conducted by Detective David DeFrank of the Chester City Police Department and Detective Daniel McFarland of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Homicide Unit.
On February 11, 2019, at 1:03 p.m., Chester City Police Officers responded to a radio call for the report of a gunshot victim in the area of the 700 block of Pennell Street. Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim had been transported to Crozer Chester Medical Center. Officers immediately responded to the hospital. The victim, later identified as Yahmire Curry, succumbed to his gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead by a trauma doctor. While in the hospital lobby, Chester Police officers were approached by Lamar Gordy who, while holding his hands in the air, stated, “I just shot someone and the gun is on me.” Chester Police secured a 9 mm Taurus handgun, loaded with one bullet in the chamber and 4 rounds of ammunition in the magazine, from Lamar Gordy’s pants pocket.
An investigation was immediately launched by Chester City Police Detective David DeFrank and CID Detective Daniel McFarland. When interviewed by detectives, Lamar Gordy claimed a friend asked for his assistance in retrieving their belongings from a house on the 700 block of Pennell Street. Lamar Gordy stated that he picked the friend up and while on the way to Pennell Street, they saw Lamar Gordy’s brother, Christopher Gordy, driving in the vicinity. Lamar Gordy claimed that he and his brother Christopher, both proceeded to the 700 block of Pennell Street and that his friend went inside a residence to recover their belongings. While waiting outside, Lamar Gordy claimed he was approached by the victim Yahmire Curry, purportedly shot at him, and in response, Lamar Gordy shot Curry. Lamar Gordy then claimed that four other males ran into the area and began firing their weapons causing Lamar to flee the area. Lamar Gordy claimed that his brother Christopher Gordy was inside a house across the street when this all transpired.
Investigation revealed that Lamar Gordy’s story was inconsistent with the crime scene and was also inconsistent with witness interviews. CID Crime Scene Detectives processed the crime scene and recovered 16 fired cartridge casings, that were analyzed by CID Firearms Examiner, Detective Louis Grandizio, who determined they had been fired from the firearm recovered from Lamar Gordy. Detectives also recovered a firearm at the scene and an additional four fired cartridge casings south east of the area. None of these four fired cartridge casings matched the firearm recovered from the scene. Another firearm, a SIG 9mm, was later submitted to law enforcement by a local attorney and Detective Grandizio determined that the four fired cartridge casings matched the SIG 9mm.
Crime scene investigation along with witness interviews revealed that in the afternoon of February 11, 2019, Lamar and Christopher Gordy arrived in the area of the of the 700 block of Pennell Street and began arguing with victim Curry. Lamar and Christopher Curry then shot at the victim 20 times. After they shot the victim, Christopher Gordy stated, “I told young bull to stop f****** playing with me.” The two Gordy brothers then left the area.
“Christopher and Lamar Gordy will now face the consequences of their actions for viciously gunning down the victim in the middle of the day, shooting at him 20 times, in a senseless act of violence. I would like to commend the exceptional investigative work of Chester Police Detective DeFrank and CID Detectives McFarland and Grandizio, along with the hard work of all the law enforcement personnel who worked countless hours to achieve justice for the victim and his family,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland.
CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREOF, ARE MERELY ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY.