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A Temple University student just months away from graduating was fatally shot in Philadelphia, which has seen more than 500 murders this year alone, college officials said.

Samuel Sean Collington, 21, of Prospect Park, Pa., died from fatal gunshot wounds during an apparent attempted robbery Sunday afternoon near the North Philadelphia campus, Temple University said in a statement.

“This attack … only further highlights the senseless gun violence that continues to grip the city of Philadelphia,” said Temple’s executive director of public safety, Charlie Leone. “We mourn the loss of a bright and thriving political science student, and share in the wrenching grief of his family and friends.”

The senior majoring in political science was set to graduate from Temple’s College of Liberal Arts in the spring, Leone said. He also served as a democracy fellow for the Office of the Philadelphia City Commissioners, university officials said.

“This is a true tragedy in every sense of the word,” Leone said. “As a father, this truly breaks my heart and is incomprehensible.”

Temple University Student Samuel Sean Collington was killed In Off-Campus shooting In North Philadelphia on November 28, 2021.
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Sources told WPVI Collington was shot during an apparent attempted robbery after parking his car not far from where he lived near campus. He had left his mother’s SUV after returning from Thanksgiving at his family’s home when he was shot twice in the chest, police said.

No arrests had been made as of early Monday.

Collington’s mother said her son’s slaying is a “horrible injustice” and a “travesty,” NBC Philadelphia reported. The Temple student drove back to school rather than taking a train since he had just done his laundry over Thanksgiving, she told the station.

Philadelphia has eclipsed its all-time record for most homicides in a year, with 506 in 2021 as of Monday, according to police data. The previous high of 500 was tallied in 1990 during the peak of the crack cocaine epidemic.

Temple professor Artemy Kalinovsky, who taught Collington Russian and Soviet history, told the Philadelphia Inquirer he was “shy at first,” but had a fervent passion for understanding how the world works.

Samuel Collington was shot during an apparent attempted robbery after parking his car not far from where he lived near campus.
Samuel Collington was shot during an apparent attempted robbery after parking his car not far from where he lived near campus.
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“Even on Zoom, you could see he was the kind of student who inspired the students around him, something only confirmed seeing him in action as the head of the Political Science Society,” Kalinovsky told the newspaper in a statement. “With his inquisitive and sharp mind, he could have been a scholar, but he was also concerned with the problems of the here and now and doing something useful.”

Temple University officials, meanwhile, spoke with Mayor Jim Kenney’s office and Philadelphia police to further enhance safety around the school following Collington’s slaying.

“We will continue to communicate regarding these efforts and define our steps toward a solution to this terrible trend,” Leone said. “We know that these thoughts, no matter how strongly felt, cannot repair their broken hearts — so it is with humility that we offer our deepest condolences to those who were closest to Samuel, especially his mother Molly and father Dennis.”

The senior majoring in political science was set to graduate from Temple’s College of Liberal Arts in the spring
The senior majoring in political science was set to graduate from Temple’s College of Liberal Arts in the spring
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