Crime Fighters: $20,000 reward offered in murder of Taquille Fobbs

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Stacey Marks describes her son, Taquille Fobbs, as your normal, everyday 21-year-old.

"He was such a good kid. He gave me no problems," said Marks, mother. "Kind of shy, standoffish, silly though."

On July 3, Fobbs was with friends along the 1900 block of Brunner Street in Philadelphia's Tioga-Nicetown section.

Just before 2:30 a.m., police were called to the area for a person with a gun.

Marks says one of Fobbs' friends called her with the news that he had been shot.

"I just got up. I never screamed. I never hollered. I got up,' " said Marks. "I went and told my husband, I said, 'Babe quill got shot. He's at Temple. We got to go there.' "

Just after 3 a.m. Fobbs was pronounced dead.

"That was the worst day of my life .I said, 'Why would someone shoot my son?' They have totally destroyed me," said Marks.

Three other people were also shot, but they survived. So far, no one has been able to give a description to police.

"And like his friend said, 'Mom when somebody is shooting, you don't always turn around to see who, you just all run,' " said Marks.

The City of Philadelphia is offering up to $20,000 in reward money for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

"I don't like to be happy because my son is not here," said Marks. "When they took my son away from me, it's like they took 99 percent away from me."

Anyone with information can call the Citizens Crime Commission at 215-546-TIPS.

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