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on March 05, 2014 at 1:33 PM
Amber Long, 26, was shot and killed Jan. 19 in Philadelphia as two men robbed her and her mother of their purses. Amber, shown here in this 2010 photo from her Facebook page, studied architecture at Philadelphia University. (Facebook)
Philadelphia police are still searching for suspects in a purse snatching and fatal shooting that claimed the life of Amber Long, the daughter of a Lower Paxton Township jeweler.
The Jan. 19 incident remains under investigation, said Jillian Russell, a Philadelphia police spokeswoman. The department has released a video clip of the shooting, but Russell said Wednesday that has yet to lead to suspects.
Long, 26, and her mother, Stephanie, were walking in the 900 block of N. Front Street, where they were approached by two men who robbed them of their purses, police said. The video shows Amber appearing to hold on to her purse before she was shot once in the chest.
She was rushed to the Hahnemann University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead 40 minutes after the shooting. The men who robbed Long and her mother were last seen fleeing in a black Chevy Impala.
Stephanie Long in a January interview said she went down to Philadelphia for the weekend to celebrate her daughter’s birthday. They had bought Amber’s bag for $14 at a thrift shop hours before the shooting occurred.
Who was Amber Long?Amber Long's mother, Stephanie, talks about her daughter, who was murdered in Philadelphia. Video by Julia Hatmaker | firstname.lastname@example.org
Police initially had identified two persons of interest in the shooting and purse snatching, but they were wrongly implicated in the crime, police said.
Anyone with any additional information should call Philadelphia police's homicide unit at 215-686-3334 or 215-686-3335.
The city is offering up to a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case and the city police union is offering an additional $10,000 reward, police said.