Samuel Collington shooting: Parents and Temple University students hold security rally after student murder
The planned rally will raise campus safety concerns in the wake of the murder of Samuel Collington, who was gunned down last Sunday after returning home from Thanksgiving vacation to his off-campus apartment.
“A lot of parents commented on Facebook that they were upset, they were angry, and I thought I just had to try to get together,” said Virginia Jorgensen, parent.
Collington murder suspect Latif Williams, 17, surrendered to police last week.
The murder immediately sparked questions about the safety of students on and off campus.
“It was sort of the icing on the cake for me. My daughter lives on the road where he was shot and killed,” Jorgensen said. “She had a few incidents of her own in the two years she was there.”
In the days following the tragedy, university officials announced increased security measures.
Officials also organized a forum for parents to address specific concerns about campus safety.
One of the university’s immediate responses was to increase its campus security force by 50%.
During the forum, campus security officials explained what the number actually means.
“You’re looking to fill some 40 vacancies, which gives you a rough estimate,” said Charles Leone, general manager of Campus Security Services.
Although officials have said university police will increase patrol hours, specific figures have not been provided in line with security concerns.
As these talks continue, vigils for Collington continue.
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“I want to make him proud, but I don’t know how at the moment,” said a close friend. “It’s not just a loss for the Collingtons, it’s a loss for the world,” her mother said at a vigil last week.
On Monday evening, Temple has scheduled another vigil to honor Collington.
This vigil will take place at the campus bell tower at 6 p.m.
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