Joshua Rhett Miller, New York Post, November 29, 2021
A Temple University student just months away from graduating was fatally shot in Philadelphia, which has seen more than 500 murders this year alone, college officials said.
Samuel Sean Collington, 21, of Prospect Park, Pa., died from fatal gunshot wounds during an apparent attempted robbery Sunday afternoon near the North Philadelphia campus, Temple University said in a statement.
Sources told WPVI Collington was shot during an apparent attempted robbery after parking his car not far from where he lived near campus. He had left his mother’s SUV after returning from Thanksgiving at his family’s home when he was shot twice in the chest, police said.
No arrests had been made as of early Monday.
Philadelphia has eclipsed its all-time record for most homicides in a year, with 506 in 2021 as of Monday, according to police data. The previous high of 500 was tallied in 1990 during the peak of the crack cocaine epidemic.
Temple University officials, meanwhile, spoke with Mayor Jim Kenney’s office and Philadelphia police to further enhance safety around the school following Collington’s slaying.