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Khamir De Lapara charged in killing of Amanda Stratford in Easton

Initially faced drug charges after search of home

EASTON, Pa. - Police say a 20-year-old Easton man shot and killed a woman last month in the city, then ditched the gun and ran. He now sits in a jail cell, and police say he confessed to the violent crime.

Kahmir De'Lapara was picked up Friday morning on drug charges after a raid in Easton. Once they had him in custody, investigators say he fessed up to his role in a month-old murder.

28-year-old Amanda Stratford was found dead inside a pick-up truck near Ferry and South Peach Streets in Easton back in September. Investigators tell us she was shot multiple times. Officers say Kahmir De'Lapara pulled the trigger.

Court documents outline how authorities had marked the 20-year-old as a suspect shortly after the deadly crime. The papers list that Stratford was a known drug dealer who went by the street name 'Money.' According to investigators, De'Lapara originally denied any involvement in the shooting, but that changed Friday after he was picked up on drug charges. Arrest paperwork says he told his girlfriend he had overheard Stratford plotting to rob him, so he "decided that he wanted to rob her first."

We went out to De'Lapara's neighborhood. His family had no comment, but neighbors say it's unnerving to hear about the deadly attack.

"I feel a little uncomfortable about the whole thing because you never know," shared one neighbor who didn't want to be seen on camera. "Nobody here seems that they would be capable of doing anything like that."

"It's scary," added Richard Dilley. "You never know, you think everyone's fine around you, but you don't know who you're dealing with."

De'Lapara is charged with homicide. He's set to be in court next Friday.

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