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October 27, 2017

Teen charged, held without bail in South Philadelphia murders

Two South Philly teens were killed after a dispute, police say

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Brandon Olivieri Philadelphia Police Department/Provided

Police say a person-of-interest in a South Philadelphia shooting that killed two teenagers on Tuesday night is now a suspect. They issued an arrest warrant on Friday night for Brandon Olivieri, 16.

A 16-year-old South Philadelphia boy was charged with murder and related offenses on Saturday in connection with the shooting at 12th and Ritner streets that left two teenagers dead and a community in grief earlier this week.

Brandon Olivieri was charged as an adult and held without bail in the murders of Salvatore DiNubile and Caleer Miller. The 16-year-olds were shot and killed during an argument, police said.

A lone shooter fired three shots from a .45 caliber handgun, striking Miller once in the chest and DiNubile twice in the chest and the back, Capt. John Ryan said earlier this week.

Olivieri surrendered to authorities on Friday evening shortly after police issued a warrant for his arrest. 

Television news cameras outside Philadelphia Police Headquarters Friday night captured Olivieri hiding his face and hugging two friends accompanying him before he was escorted inside. 

The teenager was initially a person-of-interest as police investigated the case this week. 

On Friday, hours after Olivieri's name, picture and address was leaked to a neighborhood Facebook group, the teenager's South Philly home was riddled with at least 14 bullets around 1:30 a.m., NBC10 reported. There were no injuries. 

Roman Catholic High School and its sister school, John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' School, were placed on voluntary lockdown Friday morning after police had received several tips that Oliveri had been seen at Roman Catholic.

Olivieri is due in court for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Nov. 15.

Ryan said investigators believed DiNubile and Miller were on opposite sides of the dispute that preceded the shooting.


Salvatore DiNubile, 16, a student at St. Joseph Prep in Philadelphia, and Caleer Miller, 16, a student at Mastery Charter's Thomas campus were shot to death Tuesday night on a South Philadelphia sidewalk.

DiNubile was a junior at St. Joseph's Prep in North Philadelphia and Miller was a junior at Mastery Charter's Thomas campus in South Philadelphia. 

Hundreds of people turned out Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil held for the victims at 12th and Ritner streets.

Thousands of people attended a funeral service held for DiNubile Saturday morning at Epiphany of Our Lord Church.