Mary Johnson murder: Vigil held for woman who was killed while picking up grandson in Philadelphia

Mary Johnson was a mother, grandmother, and manager of a local grocery store. She also owned her own event planning business.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Family and friends gathered to honor the life of 54-year-old Mary Johnson on Sunday night.

She was shot and killed around 11:15 p.m. on July 28 while picking up her grandson in West Philadelphia.

Her family says her death is the worst thing that could have happened to this community.

“If they had known her, they would never have done anything to her,” said the victim’s sister, Dawn Beckett-Singh. “I will miss her so much.”

Their effect could be seen in the large crowd. Red and black balloons took over the intersection of Lowber and Mt Vernon streets for the vigil.

“When she was killed on 46th Street, she wasn’t just a person who was just gunned down, she was someone loved. And the incredible work she’s done in this community, we don’t want it to go unsaid,” said family friend Pamela Williams. “We want everyone in this town to know that we want this murder solved.”

Philadelphia police say Johnson died after being shot in the neck.

Neighbors report hearing multiple shots.

Police are unsure what led to the shooting. Officers are viewing surveillance video that reportedly shows a crowd of 10 to 15 people nearby at the time of the shooting.

“She wanted to pick up my child, and how do you get shot?” the victim’s daughter told Action News.

Johnson was known for her selflessness. She was a mother, grandmother, and manager at a local grocery store. She also owned her own event planning business.

Her home on Mount Vernon Street has always been a safe place in the community.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the police at 215-686-TIPS.

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