Teenage boy charged in murders of his foster mother and a man
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia teenager has been charged with the slayings of his foster mother and a man who authorities say were both “brutally tortured and murdered.”
The 17-year-old boy was charged with murder in the stabbing death of Renee Gilyard, 64, and in the death of Jimmy Mao, 20, whose remains were found in a duffel bag. Robbery appears to be the motive in both cases, authorities said.
Gilyard had been the teen’s foster mother for three days, She was found in a bathtub inside her Philadelphia home shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday. Family members who had gone there to check on Gilyard found her with multiple stab and defensive wounds.
Gilyard’s SUV was later recovered by police after it crashed into a truck and caught fire in Philadelphia. The teen and three other juveniles were found in the SUV.
Mao was last seen Dec. 29. and his remains were found Wednesday night in a back alley. It’s not clear when he was killed, but authorities said he had blunt force trauma to the face and neck.
The teen had previously been placed in the same foster home as Mao, authorities said. During the time Mao was missing, authorities said his family received ransom texts, though further details were not disclosed.
The teen faces numerous counts, including murder, theft, tampering with evidence and fleeing or eluding. It’s not known if he’s retained an attorney.