Family stunned by father's murder

March 3, 2008 8:49:32 PM PST
The family of a murdered father is speaking out about their terrible loss. The victim was a family man who had no criminal history. He worked two jobs to support his family. He was gunned down in front of his 6-year-old son on Saturday, and it may have been a case of mistaken identity.

The shooting happened around 3:00 Saturday morning in the 1600 block of Staub Street in Nicetown.

Someone knocked on the door awakening 43-year-old David Adkins and his son from a sound sleep.

Police say when Atkins answered the door an unknown man shot him in the head. When he fell to the ground, the man shot him again before running away.

Investigators say the little boy witnessed the entire shooting. Relatives say he remains traumatized.

"Right now he has no emotion. No emotion. For a six-year-old child not to cry or have emotion, do you know what you did to him?" said Linda Atkins.

Relatives say Atkins was a security guard at the Wachovia Center and had a second job as a housekeeper. He was an altar boy and devout Catholic whose family thought he was going to become a priest. At Roman Catholic High, he played on the school's 1982 Basketball Championship team. He is also the uncle of former Sixer and NBA Basketball star Marc Jackson. The question now is why did someone kill him?

"You are not safe in your own home. You can't answer your door. For this to happen, it lets you know that you have to be on your guard all the time," said Adkins' friend, Ralph Camp.

The child's mother passed away a few years ago.

Police right now are baffled with this case. They have no motive or suspects.

The family and police are asking anyone who may have information on this case to contact the homicide unit of the Philadelphia Police.