Mayor Jim Kenny contacted Filipino officials to personally express his shock and sadness at the shooting of John Albert Laylo in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA — The mayor of Philadelphia expressed shock and sadness at the killing of a Filipino lawyer who was shot dead in the city over the weekend and is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the shooter’s arrest, a senior said Filipino diplomat on Wednesday.
John Albert Laylo and his mother were heading to the airport to board a flight early Saturday when someone in a nearby car fired multiple shots at their Uber at a red light near the University of Pennsylvania, police said With. Laylo was hit in the back of the head and died in a hospital on Sunday.
“I’m sorry. It’s awful,” Philippine Consul General Elmer Cato quoted Mayor Jim Kenney as saying at a meeting at Philadelphia City Hall in an apology for Laylo’s family and the Philippines. The mayor informed him that A reward of $20,000 is available for information leading to the arrest of the shooter, he said.
The victim’s mother, Leah Laylo, “ordered me to convey her fear, anger and demands for justice to the mayor,” and Kenney assured that “everything will be done to help whoever is responsible for her son’s death to bring to justice,” Cato told The Associated Press.
“I also conveyed the great importance that the Philippine government attaches to this case and the hope that the authorities would do whatever they could to solve the case,” he said.
Laylo, 35, had last worked for a private company in Manila, Cato said. He also served as a legislative staffer for opposition Senator Leila de Lima from 2016 to 2018, before leaving to pursue graduate studies. De Lima previously expressed the hope that a suspect would be held accountable “for the brutal and senseless act” immediately.
When Cato met Kenney, who was with two police officers involved in the investigation of the shooting, “we were told it was most likely a mistaken identity,” Cato said without elaborating. He added that police were analyzing video footage showing some vehicles, including a black Cadillac, near the car carrying Laylo and his mother just before or around the time of the attack.
Kenney expressed concern about the proliferation of firearms, which has led to deadly shootings in the US, Cato said.
In tweets earlier this week, Kenney said he was appalled by the “pointless” shootings. “Every act of gun violence is an unspeakable tragedy,” he wrote, urging anyone with information about the shooting contact police.
Philadelphia, along with other major US cities, is experiencing a rise in gun violence. In a notable episode on June 4, three people were killed and several others injured in the South Street entertainment district, about three miles from the shooting that killed Laylo.
Laylo’s mother, who was slightly injured by broken glass in the shooting, posted on Facebook that she and her son were on vacation together. She shared snaps of herself and her son touring locations in New York, Washington and Philadelphia.
The victim’s remains could be flown back to the Philippines on Tuesday, Cato said.
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