Pennsylvania track star shot and killed on the ramp in what the police call a targeted attack

Kristian Marche was shot in the head Monday night outside his home on this block in Philadelphia.

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An outstanding high school sprinter who was days away from the start of his first semester on a full-ride scholarship to Penn State University was fatally shot in the Philadelphia ramp Monday, in what police are calling a targeted attack.

Kristian Marche, 18, was hit in the head around 9:30 pm, the officials said. He died in a hospital in less than a day later.

“We have no idea what the motive is. At this point, we have not identified a suspect,” Philadelphia Police Homicide Lt. Norman Davenport said Wednesday. “The message needs to be communicated that this violence is unacceptable.”


— MARCHE (@2kmarche) 30 May 2016

Davenport said the police “to believe that someone knows who was in that driveway with Kristian, and we ask those who know to be courageous and do the right thing and contact murders.”

Marche, a runner at Imhotep Charter School and a wide receiver for its football team, was ready to depart for State College on Tuesday.

“Yesterday was his first day at the university, and it was not because someone took his life,” Davenport said.

One of Marche’s former coaches, Jerome Lowery, described him as “always a loving person.”

“One of the first things he would do when he would come home to his mother and ask her how her day was,” Lowery told the running news web site PennTrackXC.

Lowery also said Marche had a younger brother, supporters and “always wanted to be just like him.”

PennTrackXC reported that during the Marches of the time with the school’s track program, he won two state medals and was a part of a state title-winning 4×100 metres relay team in 2016.

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