Sean Patrick Conroy
36 Years Old

December 16, 1971 to March 26, 2008

Sean was born in Philadelphia and raised in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania where he attended public school. A graduate of Lancaster High School; he also attended the Moore Institute of Art developing his skills in charcoal artwork.
Sean enjoyed camping as a Boy Scout in his younger years. He was on the wrestling team and enjoyed playing field hockey. Sean loved to travel and hoped to re-visit Thailand, a land whose culture touched his heart. He loved sharing lively dinners with his family. Despite his hectic schedule he successfully balanced his home and work life. When there was free time, he enjoyed ice skating, going to the movies, and participating in online gaming competitions.
After graduating Sean worked locally at the telephone company, a popular food chain, and an auto parts store. Unable to find his niche, he moved to California hoping to put his creative talents to work in the movie industry. When that didn’t pan out he found employment at a Los Angeles specialty shop where he used his talents to create unique hospitality baskets promoting movie premiers and as performer gifts for The Forum. Seven years later, he joined the Starbucks Coffee Company as a store manager until his return to Philadelphia in 2001. His employment at Starbucks continued up to the time of his death. Sean loved everything about Philadelphia; the history, the landmarks, the energy, diversity and especially the people. Sean was involved with many humanitarian efforts including working with Greater Philadelphia Cares, painting schools and mentoring in their after school program in North Philadelphia. As an avid volunteer; he collected food for the Share Warehouse Food Bank, participated in the AIDS Dining out for Life program, and planted trees with the Urban Tree Organization. He was a veteran fundraiser; promoting breast cancer and Alzheimer’s awareness.
After his murder, Starbucks commissioned a memorial mural depicting Sean’s dedication to volunteerism. The mural is displayed in the store he managed at 13th & Market Streets. Starbucks also opened a learning center in Sean’s memory aptly named “Sean’s Space”. The Delco Chapter of POMC provided garden space at the Chichester Living Memorial Garden where Sean’s story of a life well lived is honored. Friends describe Sean as being a polite and gentle soul, funny, clever, caring, loved, devoted, loyal and the best friend you could ever hope to have. He possessed the unique talent of listening without judging or interrupting and he encouraged everyone to follow their dream. Sean’s integrity and high character of doing the right thing, just because it was the right thing, guided him through life.
Sean proposed to the love of his life just 3 days before his murder. Their hopes and dreams were shattered in a cold, dark subway concourse. Their long awaited dream of having a big family will never happen, nor will their happily ever after. Although his presence will be greatly missed, his memory and that impact he left on all of us will be forever cherished.

CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE MURDER

On March 26, 2008, Sean Conroy was jumped from behind in the subway on his way to work. His unprovoked attack was the result of a dare between 5 truant high school students and another teen who wanted to “drop-a-body” for fun. “Who’s afraid to hit someone?” was the driving force behind the attack. Sean was randomly chosen because he was the first person that crossed their path. Sean died at the scene.
Two blows to the head caused a cerebral hemorrhage. The attack escalated to kicking, punching and stomping resulting in 4 broken ribs, overinflated lungs and lack of oxygen to the brain. The cause of death was an acute asthmatic attack caused by blunt force trauma.

Ameer Best and Nashir Fisher were convicted of Murder 3 and Conspiracy. Appeals are pending.

Kinta Stanton was convicted of Manslaughter 3 and Conspiracy. Perjury charges have not been filed. All three were sentenced to 12 1/2—25 years (concurrent ) in a State facility.

Arthur Alston pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 1/2—25 years (concurrent) at the same State facility. He threw the 1st punch.

Rasheem Bell pleaded guilty and testified at trial. He was sentenced to 11-23 months in county jail.

Since the school never reported their truancies or suspensions; none of them had any prior records. Tim Rhodes was never arrested.

While on house arrest, two were re-arrested for subsequent assaults and await trial for those charges.

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Sean Patrick Conroy