Rest In Power #blackman 🙏🏾 these streets don’t love you even when you are doing the right thing #CamaroRob @camarorob7st ❗️VERY SADDENED BY THIS❗️ With a name like that, you know he had to be special. And he was. For starters, Robert Wilks was one of those kindhearted souls who each Thanksgiving went out and helped somebody.
Not only would he co-sponsor the annual Feeding Families block party organized by Barbara Devan, owner of Tasties Soul Food restaurants, but Wilks would get in line and serve, too — fried turkey, turkey ham, turkey wings, macaroni and cheese, yams, and more. When it was over, he would help clean up.
But this Thanksgiving, he won’t be there.
The 29-year-old businessman was gunned down Saturday while driving in the 600 block of North 52nd Street in West Philly. He was shot twice in his right side just after 6 p.m. in a Dodge minivan, and crashed into a commercial building. Wilks was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m. Police know no motive and have no suspects. “Rob was a beacon of hope,” said Saleem Vanderpump, a fashion designer and author of a novel, Fatally Flawless, under the name Saleem Roberts. “He was the everyday guy from the neighborhood who did good.” “This is a major loss,” he added.
Wilks was best known for the hair enterprise he co-owned with his fiancee, Brianna Johnson, Bee Your Hair Salon & Hair Boutique, in the 600 block of South 52nd Street. Young and successful, they were an “it” couple, admired by many because of their business acumen and commitment to each other. They went from living their version of the American dream to an all-too-common American nightmare. #philly #sad #murdered