Funeral arrangements are in place for Officer Robert Wilson III, who was killed in the line of duty last week, funeral home representatives said Thursday.

A viewing for the 22d District officer has been set for 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Francis Funeral Home, 5201 Whitby Ave., Cedar Park.

A second viewing will be from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Palestra, 235 S. 33d St., followed at 10 by a funeral service. Interment is at Fernwood Cemetery, Lansdowne.

The 30-year-old officer, an eight-year veteran of the department, was shot to death last Thursday while buying a video game for his son at a GameStop store in the Swampoodle section of North Philadelphia.

He is survived by sons Quahmier and Robert IV; grandparents Robert Wilson Sr. and Constance Wilson; a sister; a brother; and nieces and nephews.

Carlton Hipps and Ramone Williams allegedly attempted an armed robbery of the store while Officer Wilson was standing at the counter, and engaged in a gun battle with him. Police have said Officer Wilson protected customers by drawing the men's fire toward him.

To contribute to Memorial Fund

The Philadelphia Police Department and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 have established a GoFundMe page for the family of Officer Robert Wilson III, who was killed Thursday in the line of duty. Those wishing to contribute to the fund can also do so in person or by mail.

To contribute online, visit GoFundMe at www.gofundme.


Donations can be made in person at the following Police and Fire Federal Credit Union branches: 901 Arch St.; 7604 City Ave.; 8500 Henry Ave.; 7500 Castor Ave.; 3300 Grant Ave.; and Leo Mall, Byberry and Bustleton Avenues.

Donations also can be made by check payable to "Robert Wilson III Family Memorial Trust Fund." Checks should be mailed to Police and Fire Federal Credit Union, 901 Arch St., Philadelphia 19107.