Man killed after fight over Philadelphia Union v Club América game
The conversation between football fans over the post-game cheesesteaks quickly turned into three unconscious beaten people, including one fatal, near the iconic Pat’s King of Steaks in South Philadelphia, the owner said. Pat, Frank Olivieri, after reviewing security footage of the fatal brawl.
“It was just chaos,” he said. “I’m never going to get this vision that I watched on the videotape out of my mind.”
Around 2 a.m., Olivieri said, we see people in football shirts eating cheese steaks, talking to each other, seeming to get along. Many appeared to be wearing gold jerseys, the color of Philadelphia Union opponent on Wednesday night, Club América, he added, and at least one was wearing a Union jersey.
“An altercation broke out between two people, then spread to three people,” and more, said the owner, with groups dispersing to several sides of the building.
On Passyunk Avenue, a man was hit on the head with a garbage can lid, Olivieri said, and was left unconscious. Inside Pat’s, a manager heard the noises of a fight, he said, and ran from the takeout window to a back office to see what was happening along the side. of the building. She ran to the front window, called the police and yelled at the group that she had done it, which ended the brawl, Olivieri said.
But behind Pat’s along Wharton Street, unbeknownst to the manager and out of sight of others, was what appeared to be a “7 on 1” beating, with people taking turns to punch. and kicking someone, Olivieri said. One person was left unconscious there, he said, and another was killed.
Police earlier told reporters there that an argument between two groups of people had escalated into a brawl and a 28-year-old victim was beaten to death.
Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters that preliminary information indicated the men had been spectators at a football game. The Union lost on Wednesday at home in Chester, losing to Club América in the semi-finals of the Concacaf Champions League.
“People, not only in Philadelphia but in other places, are crazy when it comes to sports. Crazy loyal, ”Olivieri said. “I guess if you go out late at night and are passionate about your sports team, things get out of hand.”
“People can’t speak anymore,” he added, “There is no app to stop a fight.”
There was also likely alcohol involved in the fatal confrontation, Small said, and the individuals appeared drunk on surveillance footage, Olivieri said.
“Sometimes when alcohol is involved there are fights. We’ve been here in the past for fights, ”Small told reporters. “Normally, these are well-run businesses that are fairly secure. People just come here for a good steak sandwich. However, every once in a while you get a fight that escalates into violence. “
A car left at the scene has New York license plates, Olivieri said, leading him to believe that some of those involved could be “foreigners”, not from the area. Apart from the three injured or killed, he said, no one in the group remained at the scene.
The owner said he was convinced they would be caught, adding that a cell phone, cans of beer from which DNA could be recovered and other personal items were left at the scene. Olivieri said he also had nearly 40 surveillance cameras around the store that captured everything.
“They are all HD,” he said. “Their faces are clear as day. It is only a matter of time until they are apprehended.
This is the second time someone has been killed at Pat’s house in the past two months. At the end of July, 22-year-old David Padro Jr. was shot dead in front of Pat’s King of Steaks. His father said Padro, from Camden, was in Philadelphia with his girlfriend to go to a nightclub when they stopped to eat and an argument broke out between customers over football.
Paul C. Burkert, 36, was charged with murder, as well as illegal possession of a firearm, in the death of Padro. Burkert’s girlfriend, Jamie E. Frick, 36, of Newmanstown, Lebanon County, was also arrested.
As the owner of Pat’s, a take-out restaurant with no indoor seats, Olivieri said there was little more he could do to prevent these tragedies from happening outside his 24-hour store. / 24. He hopes, he said, that cooler heads can prevail in the future, and that verbal confrontations between clients should not escalate into such violence.
“Ideally, you engage security. And then the security manager makes the wrong decision, you are responsible there too, ”Olivieri said, noting that his employees are trained not to interfere in confrontations. “We are not professional bouncers. We sell cheesesteaks.