Authorities say a Delaware County youngster who once assisted in saving three children from drowning on a freezing pond was shot and killed in Upper Darby.
Just before 5 o’clock on Monday, Jan. 30, Collingdale Borough resident Anthony Alexander, 17, was shot while inside an apartment complex on the 2400 block of Marshall Road.
The cause of the shooting was not disclosed by investigators.
Diamire Hickman, 16, turned herself in to the police early on Tuesday, January 31 in relation to the slaying, according to the authorities. According to Upper Darby police, he is being tried as an adult and is accused of third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and crimes involving weapons.
According to court documents, Hickman is still being held by police in lieu of a $750,000 bail bond. Anthony Alexander gained local notoriety for saving kids from the chilly waters of a Collingdale Park pond just over a year before he passed away.
On February 21, 2022, the teenager was out with friends when he heard two little girls and a boy crying out after falling through the ice, according to 6abc. In the presence of a Collingdale police officer, he dove in and saved two of the children from the water.
“They really need help,” he told 6abc. “I wasn’t going to sit there and let them drown like that.”
Tonight we spoke with a teen who jumped into freezing water to save three drowning kids. We also spoke to the first cop on the scene, who jumped in as well. Collingdale Police Chief calls this a “community effort” @6abc pic.twitter.com/RJfJ7j1yBT
— Jaclyn Lee (@JaclynLeeTV) February 22, 2022
UD and Southeast Delco School Districts, where the boys were ostensibly pupils, as well as Alexander’s family have been contacted, according to Upper Darby police on Tuesday.
At this time, we ask that you keep everyone affected by this horrible tragedy in your thoughts and prayers, the agency added.