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Man killed by stray bullet while eating Thanksgiving dinner inside his home |  KTAB

Edilberto Miguel Palaez Moctezuma, 25, was killed after the bullet pierced his window and hit him in the chest. Police have identified a suspect, who allegedly fired during an argument outside a nearby residence. (Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) – A man in Pennsylvania was killed by a stray bullet while dining with his family on Thanksgiving Day.

Police identified the suspect who fired and an arrest warrant was issued for him.

Edilberto Miguel Palaez Moctezuma, 25, was dining at his family residence in Norristown, just outside of Philadelphia, when the bullet entered through a window and hit him in the chest, police said. Palaez Moctezuma did not respond to the arrival of police and was later pronounced dead after being airlifted to a hospital.

Investigators believe the bullet was fired by Kevon Clarke, a 19-year-old Norristown resident who was involved in an argument earlier today at a Thanksgiving rally. Clarke and his girlfriend had been asked to leave, but were soon contacted by his girlfriend’s cousin about alcohol that “was found missing” at the party, according to a press release issued by the district attorney. Montgomery County. The girlfriend’s cousin arranged to pick up the alcohol outside Clarke’s residence, but she fled in her car when Clarke came out of the building with a gun and started shooting .

Man killed by stray bullet while eating Thanksgiving dinner inside his home |  KTAB
Kevon Clarke, 19, is wanted for the murder of Edilberto Miguel Palaez Moctezuma on Thanksgiving Day. (Montgomery County Attorney’s Office)

The bullet that killed Palaez Moctezuma has been traced to the scene of the shooting, where investigators found seven more projectiles, police said.

Clarke was also not licensed to own a firearm and did not have a license for the weapon, according to the DA.

“Sir. Palaez Moctezuma was murdered while eating Thanksgiving dinner inside his house, and to be clear, he and his family were not involved in the dispute between Clarke and others,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said. “This is the second innocent bystander killed this year in a senseless argument that turned into gun violence by someone who is not even legally in. able to own a gun. We hold accountable those involved in this type of violence here in Montgomery County. We will find this shooter and the others involved in this murder and seek justice for the murder of an innocent man, who was not safe even within the confines of his own home.

Clarke faces charges of first degree murder, third degree murder, not possessing a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, recklessly endangering another person and possession of a criminal instrument.

Anyone with information on Kevon Clarke’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Norristown Police Department at 610-270-0977 or call the Montgomery County Detective Hotline at 610-278-DOIT (3638 ). Tipsters can also submit information via SMS via the STOPit! application.


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