Death – Raymond Lighty, 42, shot dead in his minivan

Death – Obituary

A 42-year-old man died after being shot 10 times through the windshield of a minivan while his two daughters also sitting inside the vehicle survived uninjured Monday evening in the city’s Queen Village section, police said.

Shortly before 6 p.m. on the 900 block of South 4th Street, the man, later identified as Raymond Lighty of Upper Darby, was in the driver seat when an unknown assailant fired at least 14 shots from directly in front of the vehicle, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The victim, who was shot twice in the head and eight times in the chest and torso, was taken by police to thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:06 p.m.

Lighty’s 16-year-old daughter was sitting in the front passenger seat and his 13-year-old daughter was in a rear seat.

“Miraculously, the two teenage daughters were not struck by gunfire. They were not injured at all,” Small said.

The girls live at the location, so the man was either picking them up or dropping them off, Small said.

Small said police were checking private surveillance cameras in the area for possible video of the perpetrator, who was last seen running west through a parking lot toward 5th Street.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.