Michael White, College Student Who Fatally Stabbed Man in Philadelphia Square, Walks Out of Church and Peacefully Surrenders to Police

Michael White, 20, speaks with family before turning himself over to police in the stabbing death of a real estate developer in the city's Rittenhouse section. (Photo credit: NBC10)
Michael White, 20, speaks with family before turning himself over to police in the stabbing death of a real estate developer in the city’s Rittenhouse section. (Photo credit: NBC10)

A college student has surrendered to authorities over the stabbing death of a Philadelphia real estate developer during a fight about street traffic.

After hugging his sobbing mother and wiping away his own tears, 20-year-old Michael White walked out of True Gospel Tabernacle Family Church in South Philadelphia Friday evening into the custody of a half-dozen police officers.

White turned himself over to police on allegations he stabbed 37-year-old Sean Schellenger at 17th and Chancellor streets in the city’s Rittenhouse section nearly 24 hours before.

Schellenger and two friends were riding in a Mercedes-Benz when they got stuck in traffic near The Warwick Hotel. Police said the men exited the car and got into an argument with another man over the traffic. A scuffle ensued that ended with Schellenger being stabbed in the back, police said. He later died at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

White is a college student at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, family says. He was making a food delivery on a bicycle at the time of the altercation, according to police.

White didn’t speak to reporters gathered inside the church.

Bishop Ernest McNear, who worked with police to set up the peaceful surrender through a program at the church, said White is remorseful.

“He wanted to do the right thing and the family did too,” McNear said. The bishop and other program members said they will meet with White to provide him guidance as the case progresses.

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SOURCE: Vince Lattanzio and Brandon Hudson
NBC 10 Philadelphia

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