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‘I love him, I wish he were home’ – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The family of a grade 8 student who died in a drive-by shooting pleads for an end to the violence. It happened Friday afternoon in the Summerdale neighborhood of Philadelphia.

“He didn’t deserve this at all,” said Robert Yocum Jr.

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Yocum Jr. was to attend his son’s 8th grade graduation ceremony on Friday. Instead, it would be a day forever dominated by tragedy.

“I heard the shots and I opened the door and he came running in,” Yocum Jr. said.

His son, 14-year-old Bobby III, was shot in the chest while sitting on the porch of his home on the 800 block of Bridge Street.

Father of 14-year-old boy killed in Philadelphia drive-by shooting speaks out: 'I love him, I wish he was home

“I was trying to tell him to just relax and he held my hand and he said to me, ‘Please Daddy, don’t let me die, don’t let me die,’” Yocum Jr. said.

Bobby was rushed to Einstein Hospital, where he died. His father blames the guns for turning play words into a deadly hit.

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“The violence will never end, it will happen constantly until all these guns go off the streets,” Yocum Jr. said.

Philadelphia police say the gunman opened fire from a blue sedan, possibly a Chevy, hitting Bobby along with another 15-year-old girl. Friends and family held a vigil in his honor Saturday night as officials searched for a suspect and motive.

“We just need the help of the public to understand that this cannot be normalized, No. 1 and that you should not tolerate this,” said Police Captain John Walker in Philadelphia.

Bobby is one of more than 1,000 people shot dead in Philadelphia this year, 222 of them fatally.

“I love him, I wish he was home,” said Yocum Jr.

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