NORTH PHILADELPHIA - A family is in mourning after a father of three was shot and killed by a stray bullet while driving for Uber in North Philadelphia.Friday, a mass and religious service was held for 34-year-old Michael Almonte a the church he attended, while police still search for whoever fired the fatal shot.Almonte’s priest, Reverend Roberto Gurrola, says the church is where Almonte spent most of his time and it was at the church his family gathered to mourn Almonte and lay him to rest, describing him as a loving father, husband and God-fearing man."He’s one of those persons that you would think God would protect him," Father Gurrola said.But, on the night of June 14th, the 34-year-old’s life was cut short while working for Uber.
Almonte was driving a passenger on the 1300 block of Lehigh Avenue when a stray bullet went through the back windshield, through his seat and into the back of his head."This really is a big concern.
About violence, about being shot. People that are innocent and they’re doing their job," Father Gurrola commented.RELATED: Rideshare driver dies after being shot in head while taking passenger through North Philly, police sayFather Gurrola says Almonte was an active parishioner at Saint Veronica Catholic Church and sang in the choir.
Friday, more than 100 friends and family members gathered, a turnout Gurrola says he rarely sees. "The whole community is impacted by this incident.