Crime Fighter: Who Killed Joshua Butts?

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Two friends, including a child, dragged to a school in Philadelphia to play basketball, resulting in death.

The child’s father, Joshua Butts, 28, was seriously injured but was able to help his son.

Now his family is asking for help to catch their loved one’s killer.

“Joshua (Butts) is a gunner and a lover in one. He is very protective of his family,” said sister Erica Butts.

On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, Butts was with his son and a friend in their car at 55th Street and Baltimore Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia around 7:15 p.m.

They will go to the school yard to play basketball.

“As soon as they pulled up to the front of the school, gunshots rang out,” she said.

Butt’s son Kodi, 6, was hit first.

Erica said her brother tried to shield Kodi and was hit several times.

She said the friend got out and ran in the opposite direction.

Butts tries to keep driving.

“He drove around a corner, hit a car and jumped out and said, ‘Me and my son got shot, get us to the hospital.”

When they arrived at the hospital, Erica said that her brother’s only thought was about her son.

“When he got to the hospital, he was the one who said to Kodi, ‘Give them all your information so they can keep the family informed,'” she said. “One of the places where Josh was stabbed was in his heart, so it was just a lot of adrenaline rush because they said Josh should have actually died at the scene.”

Butts later died at the hospital.

The City of Philadelphia is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

All you have to do is call the Citizens Crime Commission at 215-546-TIPS.

All calls will be anonymous.

Kodi was hospitalized for a week and is said to be in good health.

“Thanks to Kodi we were able to carry on because he was always saying, ‘My dad said I have to take care of the family.”

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