Philly DA announces convictions in murder of Joshua Anthony Soto – NBC10 Philadelphia

District Attorney Larry Krasner is set to announce the conviction and sentencing of several suspects in the 2021 murder of a teenage ice dancer who dreamed of competing in the Olympics.

On Saturday, November 6, 2021, at approximately 3:45 p.m., Joshua Anthony Soto, 18, was shot in the chest along East Cornwall Street near Kensington Avenue. He died a few minutes later at the scene.

A second victim, 18, was shot at least twice and rushed to a hospital in critical condition, Philadelphia police said.

More than two years after Soto’s murder, Krasner is set to announce the conviction of “multiple defendants” in his death. The announcement will take place on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. and will be broadcast live in the video at the top of this article.

Members of Soto’s family are expected to be present.

Soto was a high school graduate from Philadelphia’s Juniata Park neighborhood. His family says he was just as passionate about ice dancing as he was about the people he met.

“Joshua…Joshua was a light,” his mother Damaris Perez-Soto told NBC10 in 2021.

Growing up in the city’s Juniata Park neighborhood, ice dancing was an opportunity to represent his country on the world stage, Soto’s family said. As a national junior ice dancer, Soto’s goal was to become a Team USA Olympian. He last competed in a series of junior national ice dancing and figure skating championships and was preparing for his next big competition.

“He was someone who looked at the barriers and said, ‘you know what, this can be a challenge for me and for someone who looks like me,'” said Soto’s father, Jesus Soto, “but he didn’t let that stop him.”

Soto teamed up with Mila Guberman on the ice, competing in the middle ranks of American figure skating. His skating partner remembered him as “the best skating partner and best friend I could have ever asked for.”

“You brightened my life and everyone’s life and I’m so angry, sad and confused at the world for taking you away so soon,” Guberman wrote on Instagram.

His family was in disbelief that Soto was killed.

“I just went numb,” her mother said. “I screamed. I cried. I just couldn’t believe it.”

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