PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Officials have identified the 49-year-old man who was found stabbed to death in a Wawa parking lot in South Philadelphia as Roger Segal. Police say he was found dead on the 1600 block of Christopher Columbus Boulevard early Monday morning.
There are still many questions surrounding this homicide. Was the victim in the wrong place at the wrong time? Or was this a targeted attack? As law enforcement investigates, loved ones are mourning this senseless tragedy.READ MORE: Caught On Camera: 62-Year-Old Man Violently Carjacked By Group Of Teenagers In Olney
Colleagues are shaken up over the violent death of their dear friend Segal. Described as “amazing,” friends from the Woolly Mammoth Sports Bar community are taking Tuesday and Wednesday off as they honor his memory.
The owner tells CBS3 Segal worked the day shift on Sunday, stuck around to watch the Super Bowl, then seemingly stopped at the South Philly Wawa on Christopher Columbus Boulevard around 4 a.m. Monday. Unfortunately, the 49-year-old never made it home on Valentine’s Day morning.
Police say he was found inside a black car around 5 a.m. The back window shattered, and him inside – stabbed in the stomach.
Segal was a huge Eagles fan and had a reputation for bringing laughter and joy to those around him. His colleagues are left with overwhelming sadness and anger.
In a statement, Woolly Mammoth says, “His commitment to his mother and brother were a constant reminder of the quality of his character.”
Their thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time.
That’s Segal on stage left. His electric energy and spirit was contagious.WATCH LIVE: Officer Hit By Gunfire At Parkway On July 4 To Be Acknowledged At Montgomery County Commissioners Meeting
“Probably one of the most underrated bassists around,” Vince Volz with DVT Entertainment said. “All the bands wanted to work with him. He could play anything, any time. That was his place up on stage.”
Volz met Segal years ago while booking talent and bands for local bars and clubs, like Dobbs on South. He says Segal was always humble and very kind.
“He was just the guy that was always smiling, telling his stories between music and traveling around. Whatever it took to just make your day better that was him. It was never about him, it was always what you guys were doing,” Volz said.
It isn’t clear what the circumstances were behind the homicide. There is an Uber sticker in the front window of Segal’s car, but a rep from the company tells CBS3 he last worked on Friday and it wasn’t in South Philly.
As the community grieves, a GoFundMe page is growing by the minute.
“Just another great person gone too soon,” Volz said.
This is still a very active investigation. So far no arrests have been made and no weapons recovered. If you have any information that may help police you’re urged to give them a call.
This Wawa was the scene of another violent attack only four months ago where a double shooting left one man dead and another injured.MORE NEWS: City Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson's Minor Curfew Law In Effect Until End Of September
CBS3’s Alecia Reid and Kerri Corrado contributed to this report.