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Man fatally stabbed in Camden as drivers pass by

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Camden County Prosecutor's Office or Camden police.

A SOUTH JERSEY man's violent slaying over the weekend in Camden has authorities urging witnesses to come forward.

Timothy Appling, 57, of Camden, was fatally stabbed during a robbery attempt about 2:48 a.m. Saturday, Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, said yesterday.

Surveillance footage shows Appling being approached by an unidentified man near Broadway and Atlantic Avenue. The man keeps stride with Appling for a few seconds before pushing him behind a telephone pole, where he stabs him several times.

The footage shows cars pass by, slow down apparently to watch the attack and then drive away without stopping.

"We, hopefully, assume that these drivers didn't realize it was a fatal attack," Laughlin said. "Street fights happen all the time, and not all of them require police attention, but this was much more serious."

No one called 9-1-1. Appling died from his injuries at Cooper University Hospital about 8:55 a.m. yesterday.

Laughlin and the Prosecutor's Office are asking the drivers of the vehicles to come forward, because they may be the only ones with information leading to an arrest.

Tipsters should contact Camden County Prosecutor's Office Detective Lance Saunders at 856-225-8513 or Camden Police Detective Luis Sanchez at 856-757-7420.