Sam Collington died after being shot during a robbery in Philadelphia, Pa. The family of the 21-year-old Temple University student is calling for justice after his death. The hashtag #JusticeForSam is currently trending.
According to police reports, Collington was shot Sunday afternoon outside his apartment in the 2200 block of North Park Avenue at 1:32 p.m. Police officers were called to the scene after there were reports of shots fired.
The Temple University senior had just returned to North Philadelphia after Thanksgiving break and was set to graduate this semester. The college student was taken to Temple University Hospital and pronounced dead at around 2 p.m.
Police have not determined a motive for Sam Collington’s death, but based on video footage they believe that the college student could have been a victim of a robbery or carjacking. Footage shows Collington fighting his attacker before getting shot. Officers say Sam Collington was shot twice in the chest. The video has not been released by police at this time.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Samuel Collington, and strongly condemn this and any acts of violence in our city,” said a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Mayor’s office. “We grieve every life lost to violence, and we’re heartbroken for Samuel’s friends and family as they cope with this unimaginable loss. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, the Temple University community, and his colleagues in the City Commissioners’ Office.”
No arrests have been made in the shooting of Sam Collington, and Philadelphia police continue their investigation. A description of the shooter has not been released. They ask anyone with information to come forward.
Since the shooting, reactions to Collington’s death have increased as many on social media remember the young man and call for Temple University and the city of Philadelphia to do more about the increase in gun violence.
Collington’s mother, Molly, said her son was a bright young man who wanted to help people. He loved to fish, was a former Eagle Scout, and had plans on going to law school after graduation. He wanted to make a difference by being a lawyer or a politician.
The 21-year-old was interning with City Commissioner Omar Sabir’s office and the commissioner released a statement after the young man’s death. He said, “Samuel was an incredibly talented and engaged young man. During his brief time with our office, Samuel exemplified an incredible passion for engaging voters and was an indispensable member of our team.”
Other Temple University students have spoken out about the violence that they see in their area. Since the university has a city campus, many say that violence is a part of their college life, and they are concerned following the death of one of their own.
Student Shay Richardson spoke to Channel 6 Action News and said that she regularly gets text alerts about crimes near campus. Richardson said that the violence usually falls on Temple University and its campus police despite many considering it a city problem.
Since the shooting, Temple University said that they are going to work with city police to increase security around the campus and help make students feel safer. A letter was released to students two weeks ago after the shooting death of an 18-year-old student, and it detailed their plans.
Philly has been seeing an increase in gun violence in the last year and many, like City Commissioner Omar Sabir, are calling for the city to do something about it. The city had 506 homicides in 2021, which surpassed the previous record of 500 set in 1990.
According to city data, the rate of homicides in Philly has seen a 12% increase since last year.
Anyone with information about the death of Sam Collington should contact the Philadelphia Police tip line at (215) 686-8477.