Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Man, 38, killed in Camden

A 38-year-old man was shot and killed early Friday morning in Camden, the first homicide in the city for more than a month.

Sergio Rivera, of Camden, was shot between 2:30 and 3 a.m. outside his home on the 1100 block of North 21st Street in the Cramer Hill neighborhood, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said.

Rivera, who had been shot multiple times, arrived at Cooper University Hospital - how he traveled there was unclear, a prosecutor's office spokesman said - and hospital staff notified the police. Rivera had been pronounced dead, at 2:53 a.m., by the time officers arrived.

Rivera is the 19th homicide victim in the city this year, according to a list published by the prosecutor's office. The 18th homicide was Giovanni DeGregorio, 31, gunned down in Fairview in the early afternoon June 8.

By this time last year, the city had had 26 homicides. In 2012, the city's most violent year on record, Kareem Pratt, 23, was killed July 18, the 34th victim in a year that ultimately saw 67 killed.

Anyone with information on Rivera's killing is asked to contact Michael Roads, a detective at the prosecutor's office, at 856-225-8561, or Mike Ross, a detective with the Camden County Police Department, at 856-757-7420.

- Jonathan Lai

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