Philadelphia airport worker fatally stabbed employee with keys

A 35-year-old Philadelphia man fatally stabbed an airport co-worker over an argument about turning on the lights in a break room.

Kevin Emanuel is charged with murder and possession of an instrument of crime for allegedly stabbing Aaron Jenkins, 26, in the thigh with his keys Thursday, The Inquirer reported.

Both men were employed by Worldwide Flight Services and cleaned planes for Frontier Airlines—whose operations are based in Terminal E6—where the stabbing death took place.

Jenkins intervened in an argument between Emanuel and another man about the break room lights, Homicide Capt. John Ryan said, The Inquirer reported.

The fight subsided and the other man left the room, leaving Jenkins and Emanuel alone together.

They argued before Emanuel fatally dug his keys into Jenkins’ left thigh, striking his femoral artery, Ryan said, The Inquirer reported.

Jenkins was pronounced dead at 11:51 a.m. according to the report.

Emanuel was taken into custody by airport police.

Airport CEO Chellie Cameron issued a statement saying that “no passengers were involved or harmed in the incident and no flights have been affected.”

Frontier spokesman Richard Oliver III said the airline was “saddened to learn about this event and our hearts go out to those touched by the tragedy.”

Worldwide Flight Services said it would support the victim’s family as well as employees who witnessed the incident.

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