Rep. Kenyatta responds to shooting of Temple University student

HARRISBURG, Nov. 29 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., released a statement today expressing his deep sorrow, dismay and outrage over the fatal shooting of a Temple University student, 21-year-old Samuel Collington.

“The loss of life suffered by Samuel is another example of the tragic toll that ongoing gun violence is taking on our communities, families and institutions. Samuel was a student who deserved to be safe in his surrounding community, just as were all the people who have lost their lives to gun violence this year.”

According to police, Collington, 21, of Prospect Park, Delaware County, was shot in an attempted robbery after parking his mother’s SUV on the street after returning from Thanksgiving at his family’s home. No arrests have been made at this time.

Kenyatta’s statement comes about a week-and-a-half after the legislator took to the House floor for a 21-minute reading of the names of all people killed in Philadelphia from gun violence this year. More than 500 people have been killed thus far in 2021, with Collington believed to be number 506.

In his name-reading on Nov. 17th, Kenyatta was objecting to S.B. 565, which would allow for permitless concealed carry of guns. The bill, which Kenyatta argued would lead to more gun violence, passed the Republican-led legislature by a vote of 107-92.

Kenyatta is a 2012 graduate of Temple, located in the 181st PA House District in which he also lives.