Philadelphia community holds vigil for Philippine government prosecutor John Albert Laylo shot and killed in college town – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police believe the fatal shooting of Filipino attorney John Albert Laylo was a case of mistaken identity. On Monday evening, members of the community gathered near Penn Presbyterian Hospital to hold a vigil for Laylo, the government attorney who was shot and killed in University City while visiting from the Philippines.

The Consulate General of the Philippines is expected to meet with local authorities soon. In the meantime, the Filipino community says it is in mourning with the family of John Albert Laylo.

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“I’m at a loss for words,” Leah Bustamante Taylor wrote in a Facebook post. “Before we left, he made sure we had fun.”

Surrounded by members of the Filipino community, Chris Rivera read a Facebook post from Leah Bustamante Taylor, the mother who lost her son when a vacation in the City of Brotherly Love ended in gunfire.

“We traveled together and we’re meant to go home together,” Taylor wrote. “I’ll take it home soon in a box.”

Taylor’s son, John Albert Laylo, also known as Jal, was killed when a gunman opened fire on their Uber early Saturday morning as they were heading to Philadelphia International Airport.

The 35-year-old Philippine government attorney was shot in the head and pronounced dead the next day.

“We are lighting these candles for John’s surviving family to represent the peace and justice they seek,” Rivera said.

At a vigil on Monday, people who say they don’t know Laylo personally came out to show a united front.

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They say the victim, whose clients include the Vice President of the Philippines and two senators, had high hopes and big dreams.

“It’s difficult because they’re not even from here,” said Maria Reyes.

Philadelphia police initially said it was a random drive-by shooting.

On Monday evening, they announced that it was in fact a target but a mistaken identity. Investigators say surveillance video shows the shooter was in a black Cadillac next to another Nissan before firing up to 15 shots into the wrong vehicle.

“The most important thing right now is the grief for the family and doing whatever we can to help them through this horrific incident,” David Zisser said, “but I believe at the same time, to really do justice to family, we need to consider all the circumstances that were involved in this murder.

Laylo’s mother was slightly injured by shards of glass.

The Uber driver was not injured.

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Uber released a statement saying their thoughts are with the family and they hope an arrest is made quickly.

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