Man Shot, Killed Inside Delaware Community Center Identified

Friends and family are mourning a Delaware man who was shot and killed inside a community center Monday.

"Whoever took him from this world, they took a wonderful human being," said Tandra Mangrum.

Mangrum's son, 30-year-old Jamar Kilgoe, of Wilmington, Delaware, was inside a recording studio in the basement of the Rose Hill Community Center on Lambson Lane in New Castle, Delaware Monday afternoon. While he was inside, an unidentified gunman approached him and opened fire before fleeing the scene.

Police officers arrived at the center around 2:50 p.m. where they found Kilgoe unresponsive. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Officials say there were children inside the center at the time of the shooting. The center was placed on lockdown and children and teachers were sent home. No other injuries were reported. The community center was closed Tuesday.

Mangrum told NBC10 she was at work when she found out about her son's death.

"There are no words to explain," Mangrum said. "He was the kindest, most humble, most loving person. He would help anybody."

Police described the gunman as a large man wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and dark shoes. They have not yet revealed whether they have any surveillance video of the suspect.

Family members told NBC10 that aside from his children and work, Kilgoe was most passionate about his music. They said they have no idea why he was targeted.

If you have any information on the shooting, please call the New Castle County Police Department at 302-573-2800.

The Rose Hill Community Center is a nonprofit community agency. Several programs for local children take place there, including the New Castle Boys & Girls Club as well as the Head Start program, a free preschool program for 3 to 5 year-old children from low income families.

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