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$20,000 Reward Offered In Weekend Murder Of West Philadelphia College Student

(Philadelphia police process the scene where Zykia Sanders was shot.  Credit: CBS3)

(Philadelphia police process the scene where Zykia Sanders was shot. Credit: CBS3)

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By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police are asking for the public’s help in connection with the weekend murder of a 22-year-old college student, an innocent victim struck by a stray bullet.

Homicide unit captain James Clark says victim Zykia Sanders, who was expecting to graduate next June from the University of Phoenix, attended a party with friends on Friday night at an apartment complex near the 4400 block of Holden Street, just north of Market, in West Philadelphia.

“As the party was letting out a little after 2am, she was outside with a group of her friends and other partygoers when several unknown individuals that were in a four-door sedan vehicle fired several rounds into the group,” Clark says.  “Zykia started to run away when she heard these gunshots.  She was shot once in the back.”

Clark says Sanders, whom police have determined was not the target, died a short time later (see previous story).

Police don’t yet know who was the target or the motive, but they say there were two shooters and a driver in the car.

Police are urging anyone with information to call the homicide unit at 215-686-3334 or -3335.