By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

Teen bound over for trial in Lancaster homicide

Teen bound over for trial in Lancaster homicide
Lancaster, PA

A Lancaster teenager will face homicide and related charges in Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas following a preliminary hearing Wednesday revealed video footage of him at the scene and an incriminating eyewitness statement. Rahmir Hopkins was 14 when authorities say he shot 24-year-old Luis Perez on Oct. 9 in the 600 block of South Lime Street.

Perez was shot in the back as he tried to get up as two of Hopkins’ companions kicked him, according to testimony at the hour-long hearing. “(Hopkins) pulled a handgun and shot the victim in the back,” First Assistant District Attorney Travis S. Anderson said in a brief argument following testimony. Anderson called three detectives to outline evidence in the case. Hopkins, now 15, wore a blue jumpsuit for the hearing. He watched closely as a detective narrated about eight minutes of surveillance footage captured at the scene. Video cameras positioned at two corner stores did not record the shooting, but they did record Hopkins and his two male companions engage in a confrontation with Perez.

Perez can be seen falling into the street, where he was later pronounced dead. Hopkins is seen in the footage in a corner store purchasing a bottle of red juice, which he then carries outside. He is seen in later footage, at the location of the shooting, with the bottle of red juice. Lancaster city police Detective Eric McCrady said he instantly recognized Hopkins as the male in the gray hooded sweatshirt with the juice because he had questioned him recently about a separate homicide case.