Alloyius McIlwaine artwork at Cherry Street Pier (Instagram/@globalsal)

What we know about the fatal shooting of a Temple police officer

Multiple communities are mourning after Temple Police Officer Chris Fitzgerald was shot and killed in the line of duty Saturday night.

  • Fitzgerald was just 31 years old. An anti-violence advocate who cofounded the Hood 2 Hood Run Series, he leaves behind a wife and kids. A GoFundMe page in his name has raised over $175k so far.  

Authorities believe they found the perpetrator: an 18-year-old from Bucks County was arrested at his family’s home and is being held without bail. 

β†’ How it happened and what’s next

A memorial for the late Temple University Police Officer Christopher Fitzgerald at 17th and Montgomery. (Cory Sharber/WHYY)

Philadelphia offers free training for LGBTQ board members

Philly’s program to train LGBTQ people to serve on nonprofit boards has a new name: the Michael S. Hinson Jr. LGBTQ+ Leadership Pipeline.

  • Hinson was a beloved leader before he died last year. He served as LGBT liaison to Mayor Street, founded the city’s first social service org focusing on people of color, and ran homeless services org SELF.

Diversifying leadership at the city’s LGBTQ orgs was near to Hinson’s heart β€” and now there’s a free training program in his name, Josh Kruger writes. 

β†’ Tuesday is the deadline to apply

Love is love, at Independence Hall (Flickr/City of Philadelphia)

RECAP: What else happened?

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Nothing on the public schedule for Mayor Kenney (it’s a city holiday), but last night he ordered all flags flown at half-staff in honor of Officer Fitzgerald.


🍺 Billy Penn Quizzo: Our monthly trivia night is back! We’re at Attic Brewing in Germantown this month, with three rounds of questions, happy hour specials, and great prizes for the winners. Free RSVP here. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28)

🍸 Marking the momentous holiday known as National Margarita Day, Philly-based tequila brand Juan Pistolas hosts a party with swag and specials at Chestnut Hill’s El Poquito restaurant. (12 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22)

🍻 The German Society’s annual Philly Bierfest features dozens of lagers, kolsches, bocks, and weizens at its historic headquarters on Spring Garden Street. All-you-can-drink tickets are $59, or $25 gets you in as a designated driver. (2 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25)