Lawndale woman found decapitated in her home; suspect in custody

Police are calling the killing a domestic homicide case
The scene of a police investigation after a woman's body was decapitated. Photo credit NBC10

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A woman was found decapitated in her Northeast Philadelphia home Tuesday afternoon. A man has been charged with murder for her killing in what authorities call a domestic homicide case.

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Michael McCarrick told NBC10 that investigators found the 41-year-old victim and a witness around 1 p.m. inside the woman’s home on Magee Avenue in Lawndale. The woman was discovered on her kitchen floor.

“As a result of discussion with the witness, we have identified a person of interest who has subsequently been detained,” said McCarrick.

“At this point, it's an active investigation.”

Police say the accused man, 34-year-old Ahmad Shareef, ran about five or six blocks away from the scene, but officers located him and took him into custody.

Ahmad Shareef
Ahmad Shareef Photo credit Philadelphia Police Department

The District Attorney’s Office said Shareef faces charges of murder, abuse of a corpse, and possession of an instrument of crime. He is ineligible for bail.

Investigators said they did not initially find a weapon or divulge a motive.

Police later identified the victim as Leila Al Raheel.

Police encourage people experiencing intimate partner abuse and violence to call the following numbers to get help:
— National Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-888-799-SAFE (7233)
— Women Against Abuse: 1-866-723-3014

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