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Josh Kruger Death; Robert Davis Identified As Suspect In The Death of Freelance Journalist

Police in Philadelphia have named 19-year-old Robert Davis as a suspect in the death of freelance writer Josh Kruger in his Point Breeze neighbourhood. As the youngster fled the area, Davis allegedly shot Kruger seven times in the chest and abdomen while the journalist stood at the bottom of the steps inside his home at 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Kruger, 39, left his home to seek assistance before fainting in the street, where he was discovered and brought to a hospital, where he died less than an hour later. “At this time, we believe Mr. Kruger was attempting to assist Mr. Davis, and they were acquaintances,” stated Lt. Hamilton Marshmond of the Philadelphia Police Department. “I was just trying to help him live life.”

Davis has been issued an arrest warrant for “murder and related crimes.” Davis is thought to be armed and dangerous. “We also ask that Mr. Davis surrender to police,” Marshmond continued. Davis was seen in the area of the Kruger home before the fatal shooting, according to police, but no exact location was given. Police also did not specify a reason for the shooting.

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Kruger was a former City Hall staffer who served as the city’s Office of Homeless Services’ communications director from 2016 to 2021. Kruger left public service to write freelance articles and editorials for publications such as the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Citizen on topics such as homelessness and LGBTQ+ concerns.

Following his death, the district attorney in Philadelphia recognised Kruger as a “openly queer writer who wrote about his own journey surviving substance use disorder and homelessness.” “Josh deserved to finish his unique narrative.

“As with all homicides, we will be in close contact with Philadelphia Police as they work to identify the person or persons responsible so they can be held accountable in a court of law,” Larry Krasner, the mayor of Philadelphia, said. Kruger was remembered as “a comrade who never stopped standing up for gay Philadelphians living on the margins of society,” according to the DA’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee.

“Their struggles mirrored many of our own, from community rejection to homelessness, addiction, HIV/AIDS, and poverty, and their recovery, survival, and successes demonstrated.”

Their recuperation, survival, and triumphs demonstrated what is possible when politicians and elected officials “reject intolerance and work affirmatively for the betterment of all people,” according to the council.