West Philly man, 23, charged with stabbing death of woman he met on social media


Rear alley of the 200 block of South 49th Street in West Philadelphia, where the burned body of an unidentified woman was found Tuesday

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

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