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Philadelphia’s Tylydia Garnett arrested; Diana Brice’s boyfriend Justin Smith still at large

Dianna Brice
Dianna Brice

Dianna Brice, 21, of Upper Darby Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States was found dead on Eastwick Avenue in Eastwick, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at around 11:00 p.m. on April 5, 2021. She had multiple gunshot wounds in her head and was 14 weeks pregnant with her second child.

The father of the unborn child is Brice’s boyfriend Justin Smith, 23. At around 11:30 a.m. on March 30, 2021, he picked her up at K Laundry on Church Lane in Yeadon, Delaware County, where her mother Betty Cellini was doing laundry, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Suffering from a life-threatening medical condition, Brice was planning to go to a pharmacy in Kensington with Smith that day. At around 1:00 p.m., Cellini drove the couple to Smith’s 2018 black Ford Fusion parked around the corner from K Laundry.

Justin Smith (©Philadelphia Police Department)
Justin Smith (©Philadelphia Police Department)

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At around 1:30 p.m., Cellini called Brice to say the laundry is done. The daughter said she and Smith did not go to the pharmacy and they had driven to Philadelphia.

Brice told her mother she would be home later. At around 5:30 p.m., Smith’s 2018 black Ford Fusion was found on fire near 59th and Florence Streets in Philadelphia.

No one was inside the burned vehicle. Cellini reported Brice missing to the Upper Darby Township Police Department that day.

When Cellini called Smith, he told her he left after having an argument with Brice. He is considered a person of interest and police are still searching for him.

Tylydia Garnett (©Philadelphia Police Department)
Tylydia Garnett (©Philadelphia Police Department)

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With the help of the Gun Violence Task Force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Homicide Fugitive Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department arrested Tylydia Garnett, 21, of Fairmount, Philadelphia on Newkirk Street in Philadelphia in connection to Brice’s murder. Garnett is accused of helping to dispose of Brice’s body.

Garnett faces several charges including abuse of a corpse, arson, criminal conspiracy and use of communication facility, the PPD told Newsweek. On April 11, 2021, she posted bail, which was set at 10 percent of $75,000, but she is still in police custody.

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