Phila. School District official killed

September 15, 2008 10:49:13 AM PDT
The Philadelphia School District tragically lost one of its own this weekend.Veno Leigertwood was getting ready to go to his graduate school class in Center City early Saturday morning when he was killed outside his home.

His body was found near the intersection of Church Lane and Longacre Boulevard yesterday.

He had wounds to his chest and head.

"He was loading his vehicle with presentation material, visual aids. I guess, the assailants approached him from behind and before he could react, seemingly, he was shot at close range," family friend Jonathan Coleman said.

His murder is baffling for loved ones. The 31-year-old worked for the state's "Gear Up" program, which helps students with academics and college enrollment; he was also a real estate investor.

He was a man who by all accounts was a role model.

"He was an entrepreneur and lover of his family, he did everything possible to make life better for himself and his family," Coleman said.

Leigertwood leaves behind his wife and 7-month-old daughter.

Yeadon investigators canvassed the area yesterday and conducted multiple interviews, but so far they say they have no suspects.

"Anyone who may have seen anything, whether it be a car that was in the driveway around that time or any suspicious activity, to just provide a tip," Coleman said.

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