Family Demands Answers After Man Gets Fatally Shot Outside Grandmother’s Viewing

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Camden family is now desperate for answers after a loved one is killed outside a viewing for his grandmother. The family spoke to the grief they endured as they paid their respects to one family member – and mourned the loss of another.

In a city all too familiar with death, Thursday evening in Camden, somehow things sank even lower.

“It’s horrible, horrible. I don’t know what kind of animal would do that. It’s savage.,” said the victim’s cousin Maria Valcarcel.

22-year-old Jonathan Vasquez was just outside a viewing for his grandmother, 70-year-old Rosa Serrano, when police say someone opened fire, shooting Vasquez several times, sending the funeral home into sheer panic.

“It was havoc and chaos, I mean everybody is trying to run to the side door, but everybody was bunched up at the door because we thought whoever was shooting, was going to come inside and start shooting – we didn’t know what to think,” said Nelson Serrano.

Police did not say whether they believe the shooting was random, but the victim’s family says they can’t imagine who would want to kill Vasquez.

“We don’t know who would do this, or why , why do this ?” Maria said.

Jonathan is the city’s second homicide this month, and the 14th this year. Family members question what will it take to bring peace to Camden.

“Enough is enough, enough is enough,” said Nelson, another one of the victim’s cousins.

Camden County prosecutors would only say that the investigation is still very much ongoing. Meantime family members say they now turn their attention to planning Vasquez’s funeral.

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