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What to know

  • Hyram Hill was shot at least nine times, mostly in the back, during what investigators believe was a robbery in North Philadelphia early Monday.
  • Hill, a student, is the 23-year-old son of a Philadelphia police officer.
  • Homicides in 2022 remain high in Philadelphia, up slightly from last year, making it the most homicide on record.

The adult son of a Philadelphia police officer was shot at least nine times and killed during what investigators believe was a robbery in North Philadelphia on Monday morning.

Police found Hyram Hill, 23, around 4:35 a.m. on the 1400th block of West Allegheny Avenue (near North Broad Street) with several gunshot wounds, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said at a Monday morning press conference. Medics rushed the man to nearby Temple University Hospital, where he died a short time later.

Investigators believe the shooting took place during a robbery, the DA office said.

Of the nine bullets that struck the man, eight appear to have hit him in the back, said Joanne Pescatore, the new chief of the homicide and nonfatal shootings unit for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

Hill “went home from school,” Pescatore said. Video captures at least some of the deadly incidents.

No motive has been given for his murder and no arrests have been made in the hours following the shooting. A $30,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Officer Edwenna Ferguson has spoken publicly for the first time about the death of her son Hyram Hill, who was shot nine times on Monday. While speaking at the Police Fraternity, Police Ferguson urged loved ones not to avenge her son’s killer and instead let the police bring the suspects to justice. NBC10’s Aaron Baskerville has the story.

Hill’s mother, Edwenna Ferguson, a police officer and 17-year veteran of District 12, spoke of her son’s death surrounded by loved ones at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 earlier today. Tuesday.

Edwenna Ferguson

Ferguson said her son will turn 24 in two weeks. She was on vacation in Poconos when she received a phone call announcing his death.

“I can’t even get to my baby. His father is there. His grandmother is there. His friends and family are there but his mother can’t get to him fast enough,” she said.

Ferguson said her son graduated from West Catholic School in West Philadelphia in 2016 and went to North Carolina and Kansas to play football before attending Cheyney University in Cheyney, Pennsylvania.

“He was shy for two semesters because he had his Bachelor’s degree. COVID hit. He went online and like everyone else, he got sidetracked,” she said.

Ferguson said her son then worked full-time at Vision Quest in New Castle, Delaware, to mentor struggling youth.

“My son has no records. My son has never been arrested. My son has a legal gun and carry license,” she said.

Ferguson urged friends and family members not to seek revenge on her son’s killer and instead let the police bring them to justice.

“Let them do their job. Everyone please stand down. Please,” she said. “I’m Edweena asking you. Not Ferguson police. I’m his mother. I don’t know if you know he’s Hyram or not.

Ferguson also said her son is expecting a daughter in two months.

Hill’s childhood friend Shaka Toney, who is a Philly native and ended up defensively with the Washington Soccer Team, also stood by Ferguson as she spoke.

This is the latest murder as Philadelphia deals with a surge in homicides. As of the end of Sunday, there were at least 37 murders in Philadelphia in 2022, up 3% from the same date last year.

“This is a slight increase from terrible to terrible,” Krasner said Monday.

total 562 people have been killed in the city by 2021, according to statistics from the Philadelphia Police Department. Those killings were the most since the city began tracking in 1960, and they eclipsed the previous record of 500 homicides in 1990.

The city earmarked $155 million for public safety in its final budget, including $16 million for neighborhood-based anti-violence groups.

However, Mayor Jim Kenney twice refuses to issue an emergency declaration on gun violence, something promoted by both activists and lawmakers as a way to clear red tape and promote resources to combat the problem.

There are additional resources for people or communities who have experienced gun violence in Philadelphia. Detailed information can be found here. DA Office – NBC10 Philadelphia

Huynh Nguyen

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