Family Frustrated by Undetermined Cause of Death

Despite the family’s years of lobbying for a second forensic examination by the medical examiner, James Garrow, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Public Health, said there was not enough new information for the office to reopen the investigation into Malik’s death.

By Vinny Vella

Glass Impalement Death

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the Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the manner of death accidental and the cause of death to be a sharp injury to the abdomen.

By Kelly Rule


The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Ortega’s death an accident with the cause being sharp injury to the abdomen.

By Max Bennett


Sources tell Eyewitness News the medical examiner has ruled Adrian Ortega’s death an accident.


Hypothermia Death


The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Tuesday that Fomalont’s death “was caused by hypertensive cardiovascular disease with a contributing factor of environmental hypothermia,” a Health Department spokesman confirmed.  “This death was ruled accidental.”


According to the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office, Gerald Fomalont died of environmental hypothermia after being exposed to the harsh winter temperatures.

The hypothermia was exacerbated by hypertensive cardiovascular disease, officials said.

His death was ruled accidental.

Dog Walker Death


On Tuesday, the medical examiner’s office said Justice died of blunt impact injury to the head.

The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time.


The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday said the death of 38-year-old Drew Justice, who died Saturday after being punched once in an altercation with another dog walker in a South Philly park, was a homicide.

By Tommy Rowan


The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Justice died of “blunt impact trauma” to the head.

By Bobby Allyn


Justice was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Justice’s death a homicide due to blunt impact trauma.


Undetermined Death Settlement

The official cause and manner of Malik’s death is listed as “undetermined,” according to Jim Garrow, a spokesman for the city Medical Examiner’s Office.  It’s a rare, but not unheard of, determination, and law enforcement sources familiar with the case say the ruling can be changed if new evidence emerges.

By Vinny Vella