At the cheesesteak stand in South Philly where David Padro Jr. was shot to death last week, family and friends gathered Sunday evening for a vigil as they prepared for a funeral later this week.
Padro, 22, who lived in Camden and had a passion for day trading and entrepreneurship, was in Philadelphia early Thursday morning with his girlfriend to go to a nightclub when they stopped to eat at Pat’s King of Steaks.
During an argument that, according to the District Attorney’s Office, was over a parking space, Paul C. Burkert, 36, from Reading, pulled out a gun and shot Padro in the shoulder and abdomen, then fled before turning himself in to National Park Police at Independence Mall.
Padro was pronounced dead shortly after 1 a.m. at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
His funeral is planned for Thursday, one week from his slaying in a city that had recorded 314 homicides through Saturday, up 32% over the same time last year, and more people than were killed in all of 2016, according to police statistics.
A viewing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at First Spanish Baptist Church, 6629 Chandler Ave., Pennsauken, followed by an 11 a.m. memorial service, according to a Facebook post by family.
A GoFundMe campaign for funeral expenses had raised more than $9,100 of the $15,000 goal as of Sunday afternoon.
Burkert is being held without bail at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, charged with murder and weapons offenses, including illegal possession of a firearm, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in 2019 to a felony drug charge in Berks County and was prohibited from having a firearm, records show.
A preliminary hearing in Padro’s killing has been scheduled for Aug. 9. According to court records, Burkert is represented by A. Charles Peruto Jr.