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Teen Walking Home With Girlfriend Shot, Killed During Cellphone Robbery

The 18-year-old was on his way home with his girlfriend when two men robbed them, Philadelphia police said. One man shot him in the chest

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What to Know

  • A North Philadelphia robbery turned deadly early Tuesday.
  • Ahmir Jones was walking home with his girlfriend along Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia when two men ran up and robbed them, Philadelphia police said.
  • One of the robbers took a cellphone while the other took the 18-year-old's life, shooting him in the chest, police said.

A teenager walking home with his girlfriend was gunned down during a robbery in North Philadelphia overnight.

Ahmir Jones and his girlfriend were walking along Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 17th Street around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday when two men -- at least one with a gun -- approached them and announced a robbery, Philadelphia police said. The scene isn't far from Temple University.

One guy snatched a cellphone and the other one shot Jones in the chest, police said. Officers rushed the 18-year-old to Temple University Hospital where he died around 4 a.m. He lived only a block or two from where he was shot, police said.

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After the shooting, the gunman and robber ran off down 18th Street from Cecil B. Moore Avenue, police said.

Investigators didn't reveal any further details about the gunman.

Temple University warned its students to avoid the area while police investigated:

A Temple spokesman later said that Jones was not a Temple student. In the days following the attack, Temple said it would be increasing security measures on and near campus.

As of the end of Monday, at least 483 people have been killed in Philadelphia in 2021, an 11% increase over the same time last year, which was one of the deadliest in recent memory.

There are additional resources for people or communities that have endured gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.

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