Josh Kruger, a 39-year-old Philadelphia journalist and community activist, was tragically shot seven times inside his own home in the Point Breeze section around 1:30 a.m. Monday. He later succumbed to his injuries at Penn Presbyterian Hospital.
There is no known motive for the shooting, and no arrests have been made. Authorities found no signs of forced entry, and it remains unclear whether home security cameras captured any images of the assailant.
Kruger had recently reported online threats and filed a police report after his home was vandalized in August.
Kendall Stephens, a Black trans activist, remembered Kruger as more than just a journalist and community member; he was a dedicated advocate for social justice.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner highlighted Kruger’s role as an openly queer writer who shared his journey overcoming substance use disorder and homelessness through his writings.
Kruger’s journalism career included bylines in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, The Philadelphia Citizen, WHYY, and Billy Penn.
Mayor Jim Kenney expressed his condolences, emphasizing Kruger’s deep care for the city and its residents.
The LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee noted Kruger’s tireless advocacy for marginalized queer Philadelphians, highlighting his journey from community rejection to recovery, survival, and success.
Josh Kruger’s tragic death leaves a void in both journalism and activism, with many mourning the loss of a beloved advocate for social change.