Journalist Josh Kruger killed in Philly

Philly journalist Josh Kruger, 39, was shot to death in his home early Monday. He was known for advocating for the LGBTQ community and homeless. (Josh Kruger Facebook)

Josh Kruger, a Philadelphia journalist known for standing up for the LGBTQ community, homeless and other disadvantaged people, was shot to death in his home early Monday, according to police.

The Philadelphia Police Department responded to his home on the city’s south side around 1:30 a.m. and found Kruger, 39, shot seven times throughout his chest and abdomen. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:13 a.m.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported a person entered his home and started shooting. Police believe Kruger was shot at the base of his stairs and he ran out of his home seeking help from neighbors where he collapsed, the Inquirer said. The shooter has not yet been arrested.

Kruger had written on his Facebook page about a few disturbing incidents that happened to him over the last few months, the Inquirer noted: An ex-partner had broken into his home, somehow obtaining keys to get inside which caused him to change his locks; someone threw a rock through his window and a person who identified themselves as “Lady Diabla, the She-Devil of the Streets” came to his home asking about a boyfriend and threatened him.

Kruger was a freelance journalist who wrote for the Inquirer, Philadelphia Citizen, a nonprofit media organization focusing on solutions-based journalism, Philadelphia Weekly and LGBTQ Nation. He also worked in the communications office for the City of Philadelphia, first as communications director for the Office of Homeless Services and content director for the Mayor Jim Kenney administration from 2016 until 2021, his LinkedIn page said.

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