A 17-year-old boy is in custody in connection to the shooting death of a Temple University student in Philadelphia.
Police issued a murder warrant for the arrest of Latif Williams and he surrendered on the evening of Dec. 1. Williams also faces charges of robbery and related offenses, according to the Philly Voice.
Three days earlier, on Nov. 28, Williams allegedly was armed when he tried to carjack Samuel Collington as the 21-year-old political science major unloaded his mom’s SUV at an off-campus apartment complex following Thanksgiving break, police said.
Surveillance video allegedly shows the pair fought over the gun, which Williams allegedly fired at the student and hit him twice in the chest.
Collington died from his injuries at Temple University Hospital that afternoon.
“This is a true tragedy in every sense of the word,” said Charles Leone, Temple’s executive director for campus safety.
In a statement, Temple officials said they were “encouraged” by the arrest of a suspect in the case. “It is our hope that this is the start of healing for his family and the Temple community. Gun violence is an epidemic; it’s a complex, national issue plaguing both the country and Philadelphia. We must stay vigilant in working with our community partners on identifying solutions to this crisis.”\
Williams allegedly may have been involved in multiple other carjackings in the area, KWY-TV reported, citing sources. He was arrested in August for a carjacking, according to legal documents, but the case was dropped when the case’s key witness didn’t show at a court hearing.
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