Ellington homicide a topic for discussion at Tuesday police/community meeting

 Wayne Ellington Sr. crashed a car on this block of Marion Street after being shot in the head. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Wayne Ellington Sr. crashed a car on this block of Marion Street after being shot in the head. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Philadelphia Police said Monday that they still had no announcements regarding an arrest in connection with the Nov. 2 killing of a professional-basketball player’s father in Germantown.

Just after 8 p.m. that night, police responded to a call about gunshots in the 5200 block of Marion St., which is located in the neighborhood’s Penn Knox section.

There, they found 57-year-old Wayne Ellington Sr. in the driver’s seat of a maroon 2001 Oldsmobile suffering from a gunshot wound to the left side of his head. He later died at Albert Einstein Medical Center.

Family and friends react

Ellington’s namesake son plays professional basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers.

“My family and I are devastated by the news of my father’s murder,” Ellington Jr. said in a statement. “We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.”

While police have no new announcements, Northwest Philadelphia anti-violence activist Malik Aziz has supporters out in the Germantown streets in pursuit of information regarding Ellington’s slaying.

Aziz had been friends with the victim since childhood, and said street-level theories include drugs, debts or a robbery.

“I don’t know if he was specifically targeted, but his window was rolled down, so it seems like he knew whoever shot him,” said Aziz. “I was shocked when I heard about it. I got my people down on the streets trying to figure out who was involved.”

PSA-1 meeting

In the eight days since the mysterious homicide, very little information has come out regarding the case.

However, residents will surely ask about it at the 39th Police District’s PSA1 meeting on Tuesday night.

The 8 p.m. meeting led by Lt. Christopher Wagenhoffer will be held at state Rep. Rosita Youngblood’s district office, 310 W. Chelten Ave.

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