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National Guard Soldier Assassinated While She Visited Family In Philly

Philadelphia, PA – Police have released surveillance footage in an effort to identify two gunmen accused of murdering a 27-year-old Pennsylvania Army National Guard member while she was home visiting her family last month (video below).

The attack occurred in the 1300-block of West Wishart Street at approximately 11:06 p.m. on Nov. 10, WPVI reported.

Shaquira McCottry, 27, grew up on the street where she was gunned down by the two unidentified suspects, her family told KYW.

Surveillance footage showed McCottry as she walked down the street that night.

Two suspects ran up alongside her and fired multiple rounds at her without breaking their stride, then fled the area on foot, the video showed.

McCottry appeared to have her back turned towards her assailants when the attack began.

Police found her suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and rushed her to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead, WPVI reported.

“We found 22 spent shell casing many just feet away, some just inches away from where she was laying, which is an indication that the shooter or shooters were firing shots of her at very close range,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told WPVI shortly after the vicious attack.

McCottry was visiting from Atlanta when she was killed, her aunt told the news outlet.

“Shaquira– she was beautiful,” Leslie McCottry said. “She was in the military, and for her to get killed in her own neighborhood where she was born and raised- it doesn’t sit right with us at all.”

Julian Upchurch, who grew up with McCottry, said that everyone adored her, KYW reported.

“She’s got friends everywhere,” Upchurch said. “She was one of the nicest people around here.”

McCottry was also looked up to as a role model because she was able to work her way out of their tough neighborhood and went on to graduate from Girard College and serve in the Pennsylvania National Guard.

“She did a lot of stuff that most people wished they could do. She was a leader around here,” Upchurch told KYW. “Who would do something like that to a person like that? You could see her. She didn’t bother nobody.”

The Philadelphia Police Department is offering an award of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for McCottry’s murder.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content:

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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