Crime Fighters: Who shot and killed Cyanni Hammond in Philadelphia?

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Cyanni Hammond, 19, was shot dead while standing with a group of men. Now her mother comes forward and asks for help in finding her daughter’s killer.

“Cyanni was an outgoing person. She had ups and downs, you know. She was a typical teenager,” said Jennifer Rigney.

Rigney said her daughter looks forward to normal high school milestones.

“She was very excited to go to prom and graduate, she was the class of 2022.”

Rigney said Saturday, April 23, that Hammond was at home doing her laundry and cleaning up her room when her phone rang.

“She received three calls, two calls she didn’t answer, but the third call she did. I don’t know what that call was about. Whatever it was, I remember her coming down the stairs fully dressed and telling me she’d be back.”

That wouldn’t happen.

At 9:38 p.m., police were called to the 2000 block of Bridge Street in Philadelphia’s Frankford neighborhood about a person with a gun.

Hammond was shot while standing with a group of men just a block from her home. She died at the scene.

Investigators said the group knew each other, but the gunman escaped.

Rigney said she will remember her daughter’s wild spirit.

“She always chose what she wanted, you know. She never gave in for anything or anyone. She always chose what she wanted.”

The city of Philadelphia is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for the arrest and conviction of those responsible. All you have to do is call the Citizens Crime Commission at 215-546-TIPS. All calls remain anonymous.

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