A former campaign intern for Democrat state Representative Brendan Boyle was gunned down in Philadelphia on Thursday, and the murder was caught on video.
“I am heartsick to learn the senseless epidemic of gun violence has struck a member of my team, our former campaign intern Everett Beauregard,” Boyle wrote on his Facebook page while lamenting gun violence in the city.
“Everett worked for my campaign during the 2018 election season. He made great contributions to our electoral victory that year. He was a nice, well liked, and purposeful young man with a bright future ahead of him. We will truly miss him and we grieve along with his family and friends during this difficult time,” he said.
Police initially thought the shooting was part of a robbery but later concluded it was an unprovoked attack.
Beauregard, 23, was walking home from his train stop after visiting a friend when a masked gunman shot him in the neck after passing him on the street.
Surveillance video shows the gunman pacing the street for about an hour before the shooting, but police believe the attack was random.
The killer has not been caught, police reported.
Police are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the killer’s arrest and conviction.
Only about 10% of homicides in the U.S. are committed by someone the victim doesn’t know, according to Psychology Today.
Homicides, especially shootings, are on the rise in larger cities, however.
Temple graduate’s life cut short
Beauregard was a recent graduate of Temple University, and the school also mourned his death.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Temple alumnus Everett Beauregard, who was killed in West Philadelphia last night,” the school tweeted. “He had a very bright future ahead of him, and it is beyond disheartening knowing we will no longer be able to watch him soar alongside his fellow Owls.”