By Colt Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 23-year-old man was charged Wednesday with murder in the West Philadelphia stabbing death this week of a woman whom he met through social media.
Cole Swaringer-Herring, of the 200 block of South 49th Street, also was charged with arson, abuse of corpse, and related offenses, police said.
About 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, police responded to the rear alley of the 200 block of South 49th and found the woman’s burned body under a pile of leaves. The woman remained unidentified Wednesday. The suspect was arrested later Tuesday.
Ranada Brown, 33, who lives with her children in the same apartment building as Swaringer-Herring, said the news and its proximity to her family shook her.
“I go back there to dump my trash,” Brown said. “[My kids] ride their bikes through there.”
She added, “Me and a friend of mine, we were just out here. Regardless of who it was, we were just praying for the family, praying they get some type of closure.”
Source: The Inquirer