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Michael Hagan absolutely loved the city of Philadelphia, and his murder in the early hours of July 1st in Society Hill furthermore reinforces the fact that the city’s homicide rate is out of control.

As of July 8th, there have been 189 murders on record in Philadelphia- a 13% increase from this time last year (168 at this point in 2011).
Philadelphia Police still need your help solving Michael Hagan’s senseless murder. Photo: guncrisis.com
For Michael’s mother, Carol Hagan, the fact that her son met an untimely and violent end on the streets of a city he loved so much is unfathomable.

“We are devastated,” says Mrs. Hagan.

“We are just going through the motions to get through each day. There is an emptiness inside of us. Michael's death was just so senseless. Michael graduated from Drexel University in 2003. He bought a home in Fishtown, renovated it and loved being a part of the revitalization of that area. He stayed apprised of things going on in the city by visiting Philly planning websites and attending meetings, when he could. He loved trying new restaurants in the area, shopped locally, and was environmentally conscious. He loved the city. Michael was exactly the type of person the city is trying to entice.”

Despite this story being featured prominently on the local news, there is virtually no evidence that the Philadelphia Police Department can work with to help bring Hagan’s killer to justice- and Carol Hagan doesn’t believe much progress has been made despite the efforts of police.

“No, not that we are aware of,” says Mrs. Hagan. “If anyone has any surveillance video of the area please give it to police. This is a wealthy neighborhood. I'm sure there must be some neighbors in the area with surveillance cameras, even if you think it isn't anything, just turn the tapes into police and let them take a look.  There is a $40,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this murder.”  

During the past month, the Hagan family has received an outpouring of emotion and support from many who knew Michael. Although some knew him for a shorter time than others, they are all in agreement that their lives are better for having known him.

“Right now it's so hard to even think that something this horrible could result in anything good...but I guess if everyone was just a little more like Michael the world would be a much better place,” Mrs. Hagan says. “He was such a gentle, kind, intelligent and compassionate person who touched so many people in such a positive way that he will always be remembered.”

Information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Michael Hagan can be called in to the Crime Commission Tipline: (215)-546-TIPS or Philadelphia Police Tipline at: 215-686-TIPS (Anonymity Protected)

Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com