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Philadelphia teenager shot 18 times while waiting for the school bus;  2 accused of murder


Philadelphia Police have charged two men with the murder of a 14-year-old boy who was shot by 18 bullets as he waited for a bus to bring him home from school on Monday afternoon, authorities said.

Samir Jefferson, a freshman at Thomas A. Edison High School, was waiting for the bus around 3:30 p.m. in a North Philadelphia neighborhood when two unknown gunmen got out of a car and chased him before firing at least 36 shots. fire, police said.

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Jefferson was shot 18 times throughout his body and died shortly after in a local hospital, police said.

Samir Jefferson, center, was a freshman at Thomas A. Edison High School.
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“Every time I close my eyes I see my son,” the teenager’s mother, Desiree Goodson, told FOX29 Philadelphia. “He’s my son, I brought him into the world. He wanted to be someone. He wanted to be known.”

The outside wall of a nearby Rite Aid was riddled with bullet holes, all marked as evidence, due to hail from bullets, the station reported.

Philadelphia teenager shot 18 times while waiting for the school bus;  2 accused of murder

The outer wall of a nearby Rite Aid was left riddled with bullets from the shooting.
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Police announced the arrests of Quadir Johnson, 26, and Kyair Garnett, 21, on Wednesday in connection with Jefferson’s murder. Both men were charged with murder, conspiracy, violating the Uniform Firearms Act, possession of an instrument of crime, reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and other related offenses.

Garnett was also charged with receiving stolen goods and unauthorized use of an automobile, the station reported.

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The incident report said no motive for the shooting was known as of Tuesday morning.

Jefferson’s family told the station he apparently sent someone a video showing a brawl on Instagram just 15 minutes before he was shot. Police said investigators were investigating whether the video was a factor in the shooting, as social media is often the source of violence in the city.

Philadelphia teenager shot 18 times while waiting for the school bus;  2 accused of murder

Two gunmen fired at least 36 shots at Jefferson, hitting the boy 18 times throughout. He died shortly after at a local hospital, police said.
(Document / FOX29 Philadelphia WTXF)

Police officials told WPVI-TV they interviewed two people of interest, but as of Tuesday morning, no charges were laid.

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Philadelphia recorded 508 homicides in 2021 as of Monday’s end of day, the highest number since at least 1990 and 12% more than the same time last year, according to police department statistics. These homicides have more than 30 victims under the age of 18.

Democrat Mayor Jim Kenney blamed the rise in violence on the flow of illegal guns into the city and slammed state lawmakers for not doing enough to enact tougher gun laws .

“The volume of firearms circulating in our communities is at an all time high,” he said last week as he was surrounded by city leaders and community members at a conference Press. “[Crime guns] join a sea of ​​illegal and legal weapons that are accessible in the heat of the moment, turning what could have been an argument into a homicide. ”

Louis Casiano of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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