Suspect in fatal shooting of Temple student Samuel Collington surrenders to police

Latif Williams, the wanted suspect in connection with the murder of Temple University student Samuel Collington, has been arrested.

The 17-year-old turned himself in Wednesday night afterwards Philadelphia police have identified him as a suspect In the fatal shooting in Collington during an armed robbery last Sunday afternoon. Williams is now facing murder charges, according to KYW.

Lawyers for the suspect said Williams cooperated fully with investigators after voluntarily surrendering to police.

Williams Allegedly shot the 21-year-old Twice in the trunk while Collington unloads belongings from his mother’s SUV near his North Ply apartment.

Collington was just back in town from Thanksgiving break when an armed robber approached him along 2200 Block Park Avenue. He was shot dead after a struggle and was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital around 2 p.m. Sunday, according to authorities.

Investigators said the incident was captured by video surveillance and Williams was identified as the suspect in the shooting.

This event was recently caught in August for another car theft at gunpoint that occurred last summer. But the case was dropped after a key witness failed to appear for a court hearing, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors said they were still investigating the incident.

Williams’ charges were also dropped in three other previous arrests related to crimes that allegedly occurred in 2019 and 2020. The attorney general’s office has denied that prosecutors have withdrawn additional cases.

A native of Prospect Park, Delaware County, Collington is set to graduate this spring with a degree in political science from Temple College of the Liberal Arts.

“This is a true tragedy in every sense of the word,” said Charles Lyon, the university’s executive director of campus safety.

Collington, who had worked as a fellow in the city commissioners’ office, hoped to become a politician or a lawyer.

“Samuel was an incredibly talented and engaged young man,” city commissioner Omar Saber said. He noted that Collington “represented an incredible passion for engaging voters and was an indispensable member of our team.”

In the aftermath of Collington’s murder, Temple Increase their secure presence on campus by 50% It works with the Philadelphia Police to promote off-campus patrols. The school said it will also add and upgrade security lights, cameras and emergency phones, as well as increase shuttle service availability.

University officials have been in contact with Mayor Jim Kenny’s office and city law enforcement officials to discuss ways to improve safety for students and residents who live near the school’s Northville campus.

Last month, 18-year-old Ahmed Jones He was fatally shot During the robbery that occurred while he was walking with his girlfriend along 1700 blocks of Cecil B. Moore Street.

Philadelphia recorded a Record 512 murders this year, we take Already broke the previous high watermark of 500 murders Set in 1990. The record number of killings led to urgent appeals from across the city for more effective ways to reduce gun violence.

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