A community's grief

September 16, 2008 8:58:52 PM PDT
People came together in Yeadon, Delaware County Tuesday night to express grief over the violent and mysterious killing of 32-year-old Veno Leigertwood.While his wife of five years and seven month old baby slept inside, Leigertwood was ambushed outside his home at 6:51 a.m. Saturday as he was preparing to attend a special weekend meeting with classmates at Eastern University.

Police say he was ambushed and shot point blank in the back of the head.

A witness saw two young men running from the scene. Police do not believe it was a random killing or even a robbery because his laptop computer, wallet, jewelry & watch were not taken.

Family and friends cannot think of anyone who might want him dead.

"He didn't have any enemies that anyone knows of. He's a sweet, kind, gentle... He was just a loving person," said family friend Dietra Cuffie, who's also a Philadelphia Strike Force officer.

She says Leigertwood, a Philadelphia school district "gear-up" supervisor, was a mentor for many young students.

During the Tuesday night vigil, Pastor K. Glenn Caines offered up a prayer in Leigertwood's memory.

"We thank you not just for what he has already established in the community, but in the lives that he has touched," Caines said.

Leigertwood's family is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the killer or killers.

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