47-year-old Former Temple University police officer Aaron Wright beat his 24-year-old girlfriend Joyce Quaweay to death Friday in the Germantown, Philadelphia home they shared and he enlisted his best friend, a current Temple officer, to help him. The couple’s daughters, ages 10 months and 2 years, as well as Wright’s two other children, who are around the ages of 8 and 10, were present at the time of the incident and witnessed the unrelenting abuse, police said.
Wright was “extremely controlling” and became upset Friday because Quaweay was not submissive enough, Homicide Captain James Clark told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “He felt like she would not submit to his authority and this was his way of punishing her to try to break her.”
Together, Wright and Robinson allegedly stripped Quaweay naked and handcuffed her to a bench. As Wright beat her, Robinson contorted the victim’s body so Wright could strike her in multiple places, Clark said.
According to authorities, the men continued to beat Quaweay even after she died, according to police, which is reasoning for the abuse of a corpse charge.
Robinson’s girlfriend walked in during the assault and called 911 around 10:40 a.m.
Wright has been charged with murder, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, conspiracy to commit murder, and abuse of a corpse. Temple Police Officer Marquis Robinson, 41, the couple’s roommate and Wright’s best friend, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, aggravated assault, and abuse of a corpse.