Demetrius Green, 25, also known as "Meechie Hoe," was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped at a traffic light along North 5th Street near Rockland Street around 11:25 p.m. Monday. While he was inside, a gunman walked up to the vehicle and fired multiple shots before fleeing the scene on foot, police said.
The driver then drove for about 100 feet before the vehicle struck a pole.
Green was shot multiple times, while the man driving the vehicle suffered an arm injury. Both were taken to a hospital where Green was pronounced dead a short time later. Further details on the driver's injuries were not disclosed, although they were not believed to be life-threatening.
A motive for the shooting remains under investigation.
Green, who went by the name "Meechie Hoe" on social media, was known for his popular Instagram page in which he posted sketch comedy videos. Philadelphia hip hop artist Meek Mill tweeted about his death.
Wednesday night, a group marched near 59th Street and Kingsessing Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia in honor of Green and other victims of gun violence.
“They killed a wonderful guy and his dreams,” Green’s mother, Starlene Green, told NBC10. “He had family and everybody loved him.”
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Green’s murder was one of 222 homicides so far this year in Philadelphia, the highest total since 2007. As police continue to search for the gunman, Green’s mother said she forgives the person or people responsible.
“I love them like they are my own,” she said. “That’s how I am."
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