$46,000 reward in murder of West Philadelphia man


The family of 23-year-old Stephen Casey says he was a good man who was just trying to make a good life.

"He was a good kid. I know everybody says that their loved ones are good kids but he was a good kid, never any trouble," said Dolores Casey, grandmother.

Known to his family as 'Sonny,' he had just left his job at a nursing home on Wednesday September 26th when the unthinkable happened.

At about 3:00 p.m. police were called to St Cyprian Church at Cobbs Creek Parkway and Cedar Avenue in West Philadelphia.

Casey was found shot multiple times inside a black Mercury Grand Marquis.

He was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he died a short time later.

A second man was also shot but expected to fully recover.

As investigators try to piece together what happened and why, Casey's family is asking for help.

"It never goes away and hopefully with this broadcast maybe somebody might have seen something or heard something that they can help us to bring closure to it," said Dolores.

The Citizens Crime Commission is administering a $26,000 reward and the City of Philadelphia is offering up to $20,000 for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

"To have a young man just die like that violently, you know, in broad daylight, it's not acceptable that these people are still out there," said Dolores.

Anyone with information can make an anonymous call to the hotline at 215-546-TIPS (8477) or the Philadelphia Police Tipline at 215-686-TIPS (8477).

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