PHILADELPHIA — Samuel Sean Collington, a Temple University student and fellow with the City Commissioner's Office, died Sunday afternoon shortly after being shot in North Philadelphia.
The 21-year-old Collington was shot twice in the chest, authorities say. He was pronounced dead around 2 p.m. at Temple University Hospital. Police are still searching for a suspect.
According to 6abc reporter Bob Brooks, sources told him that a robber attacked the student after he finished parking his car, then killed him. The incident occurred just blocks from the university's main campus.
A Temple University spokesperson confirmed the homicide in a statement.
"Temple University is deeply saddened to confirm that a student was found off-campus at 2252 North Park Avenue (Park and Dauphin) this afternoon with gunshot wounds," the spokesperson said in the statement released Sunday afternoon. "The student was taken to Temple University Hospital and was initially in critical care, but was pronounced dead a short time later."
"This is a tragedy in every sense of the word," the spokesperson continued. "Our thoughts are with the victim's family, friends and the entire Temple community during this tremendously difficult time."
Philadelphia has surpassed its previous record for most homicides in a year, with more than 500 shootings in 2021 so far. On Sunday night, police reported another homicide in North Philadelphia. A 16-year-old was fatally shot at 8 p.m. in the 400 block of Diamond Street.
Collington, who was from Prospect Park, was a senior and political science student. He was a democracy fellow in the Office of the Philadelphia City Commissioners, the office that runs elections. A 2019 Twitter post from Temple's Political Science department detailed that he canvassed for Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and the Democrats. An ardent supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders, Collington co-hosted a podcast on politics and current events called The Tempest.
City Commissioner Omar Sabir, for whom Collington worked, expressed sympathies in a statement.
"I am deeply saddened to learn of the murder of Samuel Collington, a fellow in my office and a student at Temple University," Sabir said in the statement. "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. Last week, our city passed the grim milestone of 500 homicides in 2021. We must combat this epidemic that plagues our city."