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2 arrested in murder of 14-year-old Samir Jefferson who was shot 18 times in Philly


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Two suspects have been arrested in the shooting death of 14-year-old Samir Jefferson, Philadelphia police say.

Jefferson was chased and shot 18 times by several gunmen after allegedly sending a fight video to someone on social media.

Police say Samir Jefferson was at a North Philadelphia bus stop near his high school in the city’s Feltonville neighborhood when a car pulled up around 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

Several men got out of the car and chased the boy down a sidewalk on the 100 block of West Wyoming Avenue.

The assailants opened fire — striking Jefferson 18 times. He ran another block before collapsing and was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital.

Police collected 35 spent shell casings near a Rite Aid pharmacy. More than a dozen bullet holes dotted one wall of the pharmacy.

The gunmen left the scene in a vehicle driven by a female. Police stopped the vehicle nearby and took the occupants into custody.

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On Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner Ben Naish said three separate shooters in their 20s were involved in Jefferson’s murder, according to 6 ABC News.

Naish said two suspects are in custody and three other suspects are still at large. A woman was reportedly cooperating in the investigation.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Naish urged the suspects to turn themselves in.

“They know who they are. I don’t know what they’re doing to try to hide their way or prevent them from being arrested,” said Naish.

A source tells Action News that Jefferson may have been killed for taunting someone on social media.

Jefferson’s family say his Instagram shows he messaged a fight video to someone approximately 15 minutes before he was killed.

Police say they are investigating whether the video was a factor in this case.

“Every time I close my eyes, I see my son,” Denise Goodson told Fox 29 Philadelphia. “That’s my son, I birthed him. He wanted to be somebody. He wanted to be known,” she cried.
 

Samir’s murder was the third in just 2 days in Philadelphia. A 16-year-old boy was shot dead the day before Samir was killed.

Police say social media drives most of the violent deaths of young people in Philly.

The city broke a longstanding record for homicides in one year with 508 in 2021.

“I don’t care about no justice, I don’t care about retaliation, I just want my son back. None of that can help me get my son back,” Goodson cried out.



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