(Update) Teen charged in fatal Beats headphones robbery

Arkel Garcia alleged killer of christian massey
Arkel Garcia, 19, is now charged with murdering Christian Massey.

A 19-year-old man has been charged with killing a 21-year-old man while attempting to rob the victim of his iPhone and Beats by Dre headphones in West Philadelphia late last month.

Police arrested Arkel Garcia, of the 5400 block of Lebanon Avenue, on Monday, and charged him with shooting and killing Christian L. Massey in an alley off the 5800 block of Lebanon Avenue.

Garcia was arrested on Monday, the same day of Massey’s funeral.

Philadelphia police say the 21-year-old Marple Newtown High School graduate was shot in the chest about 5 p.m. Nov. 30 during the robbery attempt in Philadelphia’s Overbrook section. Massey died about a half-hour after being shot, but not before he was able to tell police he was injured during a struggle for his Beats headphones.

UPDATE: Police released Garcia’s mugshot (above) on Tuesday morning.


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