Parents seek answers after college student gunned down in Summerdale

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A heartbroken mother and father want to know who shot and killed their 27-year-old son Saturday in the Summerdale section of Philadelphia. (Family Photo)

A heartbroken mother and father are searching for answers.

They want to know who shot and killed their 27-year-old son Saturday in the Summerdale section of Philadelphia.

Angela Adams is struggling to make sense of the gun violence that took her son's life.

Basil Adams, a junior at Cheyney University studying criminal justice, found himself a victim of the very violence he was trying to stop. He was heading to the store when he was gunned downed in broad daylight.

"He stopped to talk to the person that he knew. Then the other guy, that was with the friend that he knows, decided to shoot him in the back for no apparent reason," said Basil's father, Mark Hatchett.

Adams died at Einstein Medical Center.

"Does it make it even harder knowing that he knows these people, he knows the shooter?" asked reporter Christie Ileto.

"Yes, yes, yes. It's mind boggling. It's mind boggling. Even the shooter, who knew my kid, that he'll wake up somewhere and reality will hit him in his face, and he'll realize he took a life of someone that he knew," said Hatchett.

Police have not recovered the gun, and made no arrests.

When asked what he wants to say to the shooter, Adams' father replied, "I'll never forget you, I don't hate you. I feel sorry for you. Get help and turn yourself in. Save your own life son."

Adams' is the city's 69th homicide this year. Family and friends are planning to hold a vigil for him on Monday.

Anyone with information about the shooter is asked to contact police.

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