Cops: Social Worker Killed to Cover Up Embezzlement

He told reporters he was 'stunned' by co-worker's death
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2015 10:52 PM CST
Updated Feb 3, 2015 12:30 AM CST
Cops: Social Worker Killed to Cover Up Embezzlement
This booking photo released by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Randolph Sanders, 36.   (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)

In a case that Philadelphia police say has left them "angry and confounded," a social worker allegedly gunned down a colleague in broad daylight after she discovered that he had embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from an after-school outreach program. Police say Randolph Sanders has confessed to killing Kim Jones on the morning of Jan. 13 before she boarded a bus on her way to report the theft to the Department of Human Services, NBC Philadelphia reports. He was the assistant director of Turning Points for Children, and Jones, who hired him two years ago, was the program director. The day after the murder, Sanders told WPVI that he and his colleagues were "just stunned" by the killing.

Sanders covered his face with a cap and was careful not to look at security cameras while walking to and from the crime scene, police say, but he was arrested after surveillance footage led investigators to his SUV. Jones, 56, ran programs that helped low-income families work with schools to boost their children's grades. Police believe Sanders was stealing gift cards meant for the families. One of Jones' two adult sons says Sanders shook his hand and looked him in the eye at her funeral, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "I now put my faith in our justice system to truly give him what he deserves for murdering a respected, generous, loved, and selfless woman [who] did nothing but try to help people," the son says. (More Philadelphia stories.)

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