“He was pleading for his life,” witness to murder of teenager in Harrisburg said
HARRISBURG – The teenager who was shot and killed in Harrisburg on Saturday afternoon was fleeing, naked, the registered sex offender who now faces criminal homicide charges, a witness said on Sunday morning.
“He was pleading for his life,” recalls Tracy Burton.
She and several of her neighbors witnessed the murder on Saturday, and as police continue to investigate, neighbors wonder how it happened in their otherwise quiet neighborhood.
Orlando P. Duarte, 45, of Harrisburg, faces charges of criminal homicide and prohibited possession of a firearm.
The shooting took place around 1 p.m. near 18th and Forster streets.
Police said on Sunday they had come to the scene for a shooting call. When they got there, the inhabitants directed them to the area where the suspect had fled. After a chase, police said they had arrested Duarte.
Investigators said witnesses told them that Duarte, armed with a handgun, was chasing a minor, whom police did not identify. Police said witnesses told them Duarte fired several shots at the minor, who was taken to a nearby hospital and died shortly after.
Duarte had a handgun with him when he was arrested, police said.
Burton, who had called 911, said she was on her front porch when the incident started. She said she saw the boy run naked and turn to cut between the houses. Duarte was chasing him.
As she and other neighbors walked towards the houses, they could hear the boy screaming “help me,” which was quickly followed by gunfire, she said. The boy continued to shout “help” as the gunshots rang out. The neighbors had called the boy, she said, but stopped approaching when they heard the shots.
Between these houses was a white fence that imprisoned the boy. Burton said she counted five hits.
ABC 27 identified the boy as 16-year-old Kyan King. His family held a memorial at the scene on Saturday night and remembered Kyan as being smart and gentle and having an awkward laugh, according to reports.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Kyan’s family pay for funeral expenses.
Duarte had been added to the Megan’s Law Registry in Pennsylvania in November 2015 for involuntary deviant sex and is listed as a lifetime sex offender.
Its address is listed at 605 N. 17th St., which is just over a block from the Premier Arts and Science Charter School, Premier Learning Center, and the Harrisburg School District administration building and the Cougar Academy.
According to online court records, Duarte was sentenced in 2012 to four to eight years in prison and 10 years probation on charges including involuntary deviant sex with a child, aggravated indecent assault on a child. child, aggravated indecent assault without consent, indecent assault on a person under 13, illegal contact with a minor and bribery of minors.
And in 2008, he was sentenced to six to 23 months in jail and probation after arguing indisputably on charges of common assault, reckless endangerment of another, indecent assault on a car. person under 16 and disorderly conduct. In that case, he was sentenced to six to 23 months’ imprisonment with a long term of probation, according to court records.
Duarte is now in the Dauphin County Jail without bail. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 28.
Anyone with information is urged to call the police, 717-558-6900, or submit a tip through Crimewatch.
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