December 04, 2019
The twin brother of Suhail Gillard, the promising Philadelphia high school football player who was killed in Overbrook Park on Sunday, was charged Wednesday with the fatal shooting, Philadelphia police said.
Fayaadh Gillard was arrested Monday afternoon in Center City and now faces charges of murder, possession of an instrument of crime, unsworn falsification to authorities and obstructing justice, police said.
Suhail Gillard, a running back at Mastery Charter North, was found Sunday afternoon at an apartment in the 1100 block of North 63rd Street, where he suffered a single gunshot wound to his chest. He died that night at Lankenau Medical Center in Lower Merion.
Police said a weapon was recovered at the scene.
A three-time All-Public League running back for the Pumas, Gillard had committed to attend West Virginia State University next fall.
It was not immediately known what led to the alleged confrontation between the two brothers.
A report from the Associated Press said the gun Fayaadh Gillard was handling "somehow went off," but authorities have not elaborated on the circumstances of the shooting. When reached Wednesday afternoon, police declined to provide additional details about the incident and the nature of the murder charge.
Teammates and coaches of Suhail Gillard posted tributes on social media following the news of his death.
our hearts ache for you Puma family, rip Suhail Gillard. gone too soon.... pic.twitter.com/Ee32DuLhUa— Pa Football News (@PaFootballNews) December 2, 2019
It’s with grieving hearts that we inform you of the untimely passing of our beloved brother, Suhail Gillard. He was the most respected and hardest worker Mastery ever had the honor and privilege to put a jersey on. Rest well #Agent4🥀 4ever. pic.twitter.com/GYsAxZ3PHH— Coach Mickey Grace (@Mickelod3on) December 2, 2019