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Temple University student killed in suspected off-campus robbery

21-year-old political science major Samuel Collington passed away at Temple University Hospital after the incident.

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On Sunday, Nov 28, Temple University student Samuel Collington was killed near the university's campus in North Philadelphia.

The incident occurred approximately four blocks off Temple’s campus in the 2200 block of North Park Avenue at 1:32 p.m.

Around 2 p.m. on Sunday, Collington was pronounced dead after being taken to Temple University Hospital.

Collington was a 21-year-old political science major who was expected to graduate in the Spring of 2022. He had just returned to campus after the school’s Thanksgiving break.

Police are now searching for a gunman who is suspected to have been attempting a robbery and/or carjacking. Law enforcement is continuing to examine video evidence. 

Samuel’s mother, Molly Collington, called her son’s passing a “travesty like you have no idea.” 

Collington was also a Democracy Fellow at the office of the City Commissioner in Philly. City Commissioner Omar Sabir wrote some words about Collington’s passing:

“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. Sam’s death is a tremendous loss for the City Commissioners and all who knew him.”

Collington had hoped to go into law or politics. His death also comes after the passing of 18-year-old Ahmir Jones earlier this month on the 1700 block of Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Temple University released an announcement following Collington’s passing on Sunday, marking the student’s achievements and what the university plans to do going forward.

This is the deadliest year on record in Philadelphia with 506 homicides on record to date.

Temple University is also offering counseling services for any students interested. Students may call 215-204-7276 or visit Tuttleman Counseling Services online.

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