$10K Reward Offered in N Philly Murder, Robbery

Police ask for the public's help to find suspects caught on camera

A $10,000 reward was offered Thursday in the murder of a North Philadelphia man who police say died while trying to stop his nephew from being robbed.

Alexander Martinez, 23, was shot and killed around 11 p.m. on Jan. 9 as he and his 16-year-old nephew walked to a store along the 3500 block of N Hutchinson Street, according to Philadelphia Police.

"He went out to get something to eat which he always does and he didn’t even make it there," said his sister Ana Martinez. "He died hungry."

Two men, one with a gun, approached Martinez and his nephew and demanded money, cops said.

"As they were actually going through the pockets of the 16-year-old, the uncle got in between the robbers and tried to tell them to stop at which point they fired once striking him in the chest," said Philadelphia Police Capt. James Clark.

Martinez would later die at the hospital.

The suspects laughed as they jumped into a dark colored pick-up and fled, cops said.

The suspects were captured on surveillance video.

The alleged gunman was described as a medium-built black man, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 19 to 22 years old with a dark complexion who was wearing a dark hoodie and dark jeans, according to police.

His accomplice was a medium built black man with a light complexion and facial hair, 5 feet 5 to 5 feet 7 inches tall, 18 to 22 years old who was wearing a dark hoodie and light-colored jeans, cops said.

The city of Philadelphia offered up a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) in this case. Anyone with information should call the Philadelphia Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334/3335, dial 215.686.TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online.

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