Another strangling death in Kensington raises fears

Another woman – at least the third in a month – has died after being strangled near Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia. 

And police believe the same attacker struck again this morning.  A 33-year-old woman escaped from a man who tried to strangle her in the 2600 block of Kensington Avenue, police said. 

Police are investigating whether it’s the latest strike of a serial killer.

While Police continue to hunt for the so-called Kensington Strangler, the community is on high alert.

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Sandy Salzman is Executive Director of the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

“I think people are really starting to get freaked out,” Salzman says.  “Obviously after they found the DNA link between the other two and the fact that this one is so similar and close by…people are really getting nervous about this.”

Salzman says people should walk in pairs, not stay out too late, and pay attention to their surroundings.

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