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A group of seven teenagers attacked and killed a 72-year-old man in Philadelphia last month with a traffic cone, according to video footage released Friday by the Philadelphia Police Department.
Disturbing footage of the incident, which occurred on June 14, shows a group of apparent teenagers pursuing the victim identified as James Lambert in the 2100 block of Cecil B. Moore Avenue in the northwest corridor of the town.
The video shows Lambert trying to get away from the group around 3 a.m.
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The teenagers then followed the 72-year-old across the street before one of the attackers attacked him from behind hitting him with a traffic cone.
The blow knocked Lambert to the ground, at which point one of the women in the group picked up the cone and hit him with it again.
The incident was caught on video by other members of the group who also appeared to be smiling and laughing throughout the attack. Although one of the women seemed taken aback by the incident and held her hands over her mouth in a gesture suggesting shock.
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Footage showed Lambert appearing to get up to flee the area before being hit with the cone again by the same attacker.
The teenagers then left the scene as one of the men pedaled a scooter smiling with another male companion.
Police said Lambert was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the next day.
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None of the attackers have yet been arrested and the seven people present during the incident are wanted by the police.
Police have offered a $20,000 reward for information on the individuals who were described as “four black males and three black females who appear to be in their early to mid-teens.”