PHILADELPHIA-based journalist Josh Kruger was widely known in his community as an advocate for people who had fallen on hard times.
At the time of writing, the circumstances of his murder are unclear, although an arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect.
Who was Philadelphia journalist Josh Kruger?
Josh Kruger was a Philadelphia-based journalist who wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Citizen and various other publications.
He was widely known as an advocate for Philadelphia’s homeless population, community members battling drug addiction, and the LGBTQ+ community.
Josh previously served in the Office of Homeless Services under the leadership of Mayor Jim Kenney.
What happened to him?
At approximately 1:28 a.m. on Monday, October 2, 2023, Josh Kruger was shot seven times in the stomach and chest at his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Accordingly NBC NewsAfter police were called to Josh’s apartment, he was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at around 2:13 a.m.
A few weeks before his death, Josh made a shocking Instagram post in which he claimed he felt attacked.
His contribution read: “Yesterday afternoon someone shot a heavy glass egg projectile (?!) through my windshield in a homophobic or other deplorable act.
“There was approximately $400 worth of damage. It was obviously a targeted act.”
He concluded: “If you recognize this car or driver, please let me know.”
The post included a picture of a black Dodge Ram 1500 with an unknown person in the front seat.
Has anyone been arrested in connection with his death?
Police identified 19-year-old Robert Edmond Davis as the shooter.
Philadelphia Police Department Lt. Hamilton Marshmond said the suspect in the case likely knew Kruger and may have counseled him before the incident.
Lt. Hamilton told reporters: “At this point we believe that Mr. Kruger was trying to help Mr. Davis and that they were acquaintances.”
“He was just trying to help him just get through life.”
Hamilton added that the suspect has not yet been arrested.
Investigators have yet to determine a possible motive for the suspect, although police have issued an arrest warrant.