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PHILADELPHIA - A boy was shot in the back and killed as he rode a dirt bike he recently received as a present for his 16th birthday, one of six slayings in the city over the weekend.
Luis Navarro III was shot three times about 6:50 p.m. Saturday while riding the bike on a wooded path near his home in the city's Juniata neighborhood, police said.
His parents gave him the $3,000 green 2008 Kawasaki KX85 dirt bike a week earlier for his birthday. Family members said teen was so thrilled that he slept next to it for five days in the basement, where it was parked between his bed and a shelf brimming with Spiderman figurines.
"He didn't do any drugs. He was never in the streets, selling drugs like many young people around here," said his father, Luis Navarro Jr. "We always gave him everything he wanted so he wouldn't get in any trouble. But look what happened."
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Navarro's uncle, Jose Gonzalez, said his nephew would have been a junior in the fall at Mastbaum Area Vocational Technical School and wanted to become a mechanic. The teen fixed neighbors' bicycles and motorcycles.
Homicide Sgt. Anthony McFadden said police have yet to determine whether Navarro was assaulted by one person or a group. Robbery of the dirt bike was the apparent motive for the murder, McFadden said.
Navarro's slaying was one of six over the weekend in Philadelphia. The city has tallied more than 240 homicides this year and is on pace to set a high for the decade.
Information from: Philadelphia Daily News