NBC10Philadelphia.com - Claudia Rivero
The search continues for two men who police say shot and killed Philadelphia Officer Moses Walker Jr. He was gunned down Saturday morning as he walked to a bus stop near 20th Street and Cecil B. Moore in North Philadelphia. Police have released new, clearer surveillance video of two men believed to be responsible for the murder. There's now a $118,000 reward in the case.
The search continued Tuesday for the two men suspected in the murder of off-duty Philadelphia Police Officer Moses Walker Jr. over the weekend.
Officer Walker, 40, had just left work and was walking to a bus stop when he was shot three times and killed just before 6 a.m. Saturday at 20th and Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia.
Police say it's clear from the video that robbery was the motive.
On Tuesday police showed video of the two men suspected in Walker's death as they walked along N 19th Street towards Cecil B. Moore in the minutes before the murder. This video shows the two suspects clearer than video released Monday.
The first suspect is described as a black man with a bald head and possible a beard or goatee who was wearing a light-colored hoodie and dark shorts. The second suspect is described as a black man who was wearing a dark hoodie and dark shorts.
Unfortunately police couldn't give further descriptions of the suspects but they did say that they believe the first man -- with the shaved head -- is the shooter.
The reward for their capture and conviction increased to $118,000, Homicide Capt. James Clark said at Tuesday's press conference.
The reward money included various public and private donors including the Fraternal Order of Police, IBEW Local 98, Chickie's and Pete's, the Citizen's Crime Commission and various other donors.
On Monday police release surveillance video that showed Walker in the moments before his death that shows Walker, who was not in uniform at the time, walking towards the 2000 block of Cecil B. Moore Avenue while two men follow him on the opposite side of the street.
“I’m confident that we will bring this case in… but we do need help from the public to make that happen,” said Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.
Guardian Angels from Washington, DC came to North Philly on Tuesday, handing out fliers with Walker's face on it as well as a tip line, urging people with information to come forward and speak with police. Some residents say they're too afraid to go to authorities however.
"I'm sorry about the police officer and I'm sorry to his family," said Christine Walker. "But they [police]] don't make anyone feel safe because as soon as this ends, we're not going to see ya'll again. I've been around here 14 years and I've seen killings, everything happening and I didn't see any Guardian Angels."
"The code in the street is "snitches get stitches" and people don't want to talk," said one of the Guardian Angels.
Anyone recognizing the suspects or who has more information on the shooting should submit a tip online, call the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334/3335, call Philadelphia Police at 215-686-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847.