Father of 3 gunned down in Southwest Philadelphia; mom wants justice

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Father of 3 gunned down in Southwest Philadelphia. Rick Williams reports during Action News at 10:30 p.m. on October 13, 2018.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A father of three is gunned down on the steps of his girlfriend's home. Now his mother is coming to you for help in catching his killer.

Lamella Johnson describes her son, Lonnie Sims, as an easy going guy.

"Very outgoing, always smiling, was a fun person to be around," she said.

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, the 23-year-old father of three was visiting his daughter along the 5900 block of Warrington Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia.

Just after 3 p.m., he was getting ready to head home.

"He came out on her step and they ambushed him on her step. They said it was 5 young men, they gunned him down on her steps," said Johnson.

Sims was shot in the head and torso. He died at the hospital.

Johnson added, "I've just been struggling every day to keep my right state of mind because I have other children and I know that if I break, I just want everybody to hold it together because I know I just feel like one day soon that justice will be served for him."

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

All you have to do is call the Citizens Crime Commission at 215-546-TIPS.

All calls will remain anonymous.

"If it was you, you would want somebody to come forward and speak up for you," said Johnson.


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