Classes resume at Archbishop Ryan after student's death

Tim Connors

May 18, 2011 9:29:02 AM PDT
It is day of mourning at Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia.

Students returned to class on Wednesday for the first time since one of their classmates was hit by a car and killed.

Police say 15-year-old Timothy Connors was trying to cross the street outside Archbishop Ryan when he was struck after school let out Tuesday.

Police say the driver of the striking vehicle, a late-model Suzuki, did stop and at this point doesn't appear to have done anything wrong.

Connors was the son of a long-time veteran detective with the Philadelphia Police Southwest division.

Action News was told this young man had dreams of one day becoming an author, or maybe a movie director.

School President Michael McCardle told those in attendance at a vigil Tuesday night, "It is a great and wonderful thing that you've come together as a family to pray for him, to commemorate him."

Hundreds of students, teachers, and parents came together for the vigil on short notice. They gathered, shaken by the sudden loss of the 15-year-old.

Timothy's classmate, Samantha Cummins, tells Action News, "He's one of those kids that he doesn't deserve this at all. He's the last person that this should have happened to... it's horrible."

FOP President John McNesby says, "We're here for support to make sure that the family's OK - whatever they may need. [Timothy's father has] got a lot of support in his squad there - the Commissioner, the staff, command staff. It's an all out tragedy."

At this point, there nothing to indict that this was anything other than a tragic accident, but police continue to investigate.

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