Pennsylvania gambler murdered following big casino win at the Parx Casino
By Bob Garcia
A gambler was shot in cold blood and reportedly robbed of $10,000
A night that seemed to be going great for one man at the Parx Casino ended in catastrophe when he was murdered in an attempt to steal all of his recent winnings. Jekai Reid-John, 27, is facing extradition to New Jersey to face an assault charge after allegedly following the victim from the establishment to his home some 50 miles away. Once the victim arrived at his home in Plainsboro, NJ, he was shot and killed instantly.
The events took place early Tuesday morning when Reid-John wounded Sree Aravapalli, 54, during the robbery, local police say. It is not yet clear how much money was taken from the victim, but police are investigating. Hours before the murder, Reid-John allegedly saw Aravapalli leaving the Bensalem, Pennsylvania, gambling property with the night’s winnings. Reid-John then proceeded to follow Aravapalli to his place of residence, where he may have been more vulnerable.
According to the details of the police report, Reid-John is believed to have entered the residence through a sliding door. The prosecutors in charge of the case explain that Aravapalli was downstairs when several shots were fired and suffered “multiple gunshot wounds.” A neighbor related that after shots were heard, a car sped away from the scene. Although it did not take long for the ambulance to arrive and transport Aravapalli to the hospital, the efforts were unsuccessful as he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Reid-John was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and more charges may be forthcoming.