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Honoring Fallen Philadelphia Officer Robert Wilson on 3rd Anniversary of His Killing

Police Sgt. Robert Wilson III was gunned down at a North Philadelphia GameStop on on March 5, 2015

Philadelphia police officers, family and community are set to honor a slain officer on the third anniversary of his death.

The vigil for Sergeant Robert Wilson III is planned for 1 p.m. at the 22nd Police District at 17th Street and Montgomery Avenue in North Philadelphia, said Fraternal Oder of Police Lodge No. 5.

Wilson, a 30-year-old father, was killed on March 5, 2015 when two men attempted to rob a North Philadelphia GameStop store. Wilson was inside the store in full uniform buying his son a gift when two armed robbers entered and announced a holdup.

The officer got into a shootout with the two gunmen, diverting gunfire away from store staff and customers. Wilson was struck six times by gunfire and later died from his injuries.

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The vigil comes on the same day the two men accused of gunning down Wilson, Carlton Hipps and Ramone Williams, were set to have a trial readiness hearing. The hearing was rescheduled for March 28, according to court records.

The brothers remained jailed, set to go on trial on murder charges on April 23.

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