South Philadelphia is the undisputed home of cheesesteaks. Two of the more popular steak shops – Pat’s and Geno’s – are across the street from each other. Both restaurants have their fair share of customers, even during late-night hours.
Sadly, Pat’s Steaks just had a homicide outside its doors.
Crime tape surrounded the popular Pat’s Steaks in South Philadelphia after an all-out brawl turned deadly overnight. Police say the fight involved roughly seven people and one of them used a trash can lid to hit the victim. The violence unfolded around 2 a.m. Thursday at South 9th Street and East Passyunk Avenue. Police say two groups of people got into an argument and then got physical.
Investigators say one group used a trash can lid to beat a 28-year-old man over the head. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Police later identified the victim as Isidro Cortez from Queens, New York.
“When he collapsed, several individuals with the perpetrator began punching and kicking this individual when he was on the ground,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
It always amazes me how regular human beings can turn into animals over an argument. I guarantee the deceased was attacked simply because he was from New York City. For some bizarre reason, Philadelphians hate people from NYC, and it’s not the first time they’ve violently gone after New Yorkers.
This city is becoming more violent every day, and no one – not the mayor, the district attorney, or the police commissioner – gives a damn.