Family of man killed in Harrisburg releases statement

Steven Esworthy - Courtesy of Harrisburg Bureau of Police

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Police say it’s likely the man killed during an apparent robbery over the weekend never saw his attacker.

“We don’t believe at this time he was even aware of the attack,” police Captain Gabriel Olivera said Monday. “He was struck with an object which took him straight to the ground where he died.”

esworthy wedding 1Steven Esworthy, 32, was struck on the back of the head in the 1200 block of Green Street as he walked home from his brother’s wedding early Sunday. Esworthy was his brother’s best man. A photo posted on Facebook shows him dancing with his mother just hours earlier.

A family spokesperson handed out a statement at a police news conference Monday. The statement reads: “Steve will be remembered for the amazing man he was and the many lives he touched through his generosity and friendship. While the family is grateful to remember Steve’s last day as a joyful celebration of his brother’s wedding, the timing of this senseless, tragic act makes the resulting emotions much more difficult to process. We hope his death will not be in vain and will prompt relevant, meaningful discussion and action to keep Harrisburg safe.”

“This was a senseless murder that did not have to happen,” Olivera said.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse said he is saddened by the tragedy. He empathized with neighbors who are concerned about safety.

“Our heart goes out to the family,” he said. “I understand why residents would be concerned and afraid.”

Olivera urged residents with security cameras or information to call police. He also called on those who may know the killer to bring him to justice.

“They need to step forward because if not, they’re just as responsible because they’re allowing this to happen in their community,” he said.

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