By Nigel Boys
In what appears to be a crime of passion, 25-year-old Shakoor Arline and 32-year-old, mother-of-five, Lisa Smith, were cold-bloodedly killed while they were apparently having a s*xual encounter in a secluded area of Philadelphia on last Thursday night.
The couple, who allegedly met at work at a previous job, had reportedly been seeing each other on and off for about two years, but were both in relationships with other people, according to the Daily Mail Online.
They were found on Friday afternoon by maintenance workers near Lemon Hill Mansion, a historic building in the city’s Fairmount Park, in an area sometimes referred to as “lovers lane,” reports Bossip.com.
Homicide Unit Commanding Officer Capt. James Clark said that Arline was found naked in the back seat of an SUV and Smith was only partially clothed, “so it appears to be very much a crime of passion,” NBC Philadelphia reported.
“So obviously that’s where our investigation is going to start, because somebody knew that they were in the park at that time and obviously had an issue with that,” Clark continued. “You’ve got nine shots fired, all of them head shots to both of the victims,” he added.
Fox29 reports Clark said that nothing appeared to have been taken from the white Toyota Sequoia so the crime was not one of robbery. He added that detectives have already spoken to a woman involved with Arline and a man who was linked to Smith, but no arrest has yet been made.
Police are also reviewing surveillance video, along with fingerprints pulled from both the outside and inside of the vehicle and are looking for possible witnesses to the murders, which they believe took place sometime after midnight.
“Whoever did this took a bright light, a wonderful person who was a giving, loving human being, and erased him from the world for no reason,” Arline’s aunt, Carla, said, according to Philly.com. “That person has left behind a little sister who looked up to him, a void that she will never, ever get rid of.”
Carla said of Arline that he was “the man of the house and made sure everything was taken care of,” adding that he lived on Girard Avenue near 28th Street in Fairmount with his grandmother and younger brother, Justin.
Arline graduated from Edward W. Bok Technical High School and worked for a time at UPS, the news outlet reported. He worked as a mechanic more recently before his demise, it added.
Smith, who was originally from Arizona, was a mother of five, who grew up in Northeast Philly, said a close friend on Monday night. She added that she often visited her ailing mother who still lives in Arizona, but she attended Northeast High School, Philadelphia as a teenager and lived with her grandparents.
Anyone with information on the slayings is asked to call detectives at 215-686-3334 or 3335. Alternatively, they can text a tip to PPD TIP (773847).