Dad to blame for Philly shooting that left one twin brother dead and the other charged with murder: relatives

by Editorial Team

The Philadelphia father of 18-year-old twins was teaching them how to use a firearm when one of the teens fatally shot the other in the chest, according to a family member.

Suhail Gillard, a star high school football player, was shot at an apartment on Dec. 1, and later died from his injuries. Brother Fayaadh Gillard, also a football player, was arrested the following day and charged with murder.

However, older brother Nafis Woods says the twins’ father Aleem Gillard is the only one to blame for the tragedy.

“My mother allowed them to visit their father after keeping them away because of the type of person he is,” Woods told ABC News in an interview published Saturday night. “He doesn’t have much to show them far as being an idol, so he decided to show them guns out of all things — the thing that we try to keep them far away from.”

Woods added that “these are kids that listen to their parents, they’re not disobedient or dishonest. They’re like babies.”

Aleem Gillard has a long history of arrests and is paralyzed from a gun-related incident, according to ABC News.

Fayaadh Gillard initially claimed that an unknown gunman was responsible for his brother’s death, but later admitted to being the one who fired the shot. His father had told him to say his brother had been shot somewhere else, relatives told ABC News.

Woods says his younger sister was also present when the shooting took place.

“He demonstrated how to load and unload the gun and then he handed it to Fayaadh and told him to do the same thing and it accidentally went off,” the 23-year-old Woods told ABC News. “He was clearly inexperienced with even touching a gun.”

Lawyer Shaka Johnson, who is representing the family, told ABC News that what Aleem Gillard did was “the single most reckless thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life.”

“He eventually left them to their own devices with the loaded gun while he went to the bathroom,” Johnson told ABC News.


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