2 brothers charged in shooting death of Spring Garden father

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2017

Gerard Grandzol, 38, was fatally shot in the face at point-blank range around 8pm on Thursday, just after he parked his SUV on the one-way street outside his family's home in Philadelphia. "They wanted the auto and he wouldn't give up the vehicle".

When first responders arrived, they found Grandzol's daughter crying in the backseat, sources said.

An executive director of a legal recruiting and staffing firm, Grandzol recently had celebrated the birth a new daughter as well.

The gunmen fled the scene on foot. Ryan said homicide detectives are working hard on the case.

#RIP: #GerardGrandzol, 38, was gunned down when he was getting out of his vehicle on Thursday night in #Philadelphia.

Last Thursday, Gerard Grandzol, 38, took his toddler and dog on a family outing that included playing with a Frisbee.

Investigators plan to check nearby surveillance video.

"This is just not fair that this is how he died".

"This is just not fair that this is how he died", the victim's widow, Kristin Grandzol, told KYW Newsradio. Neighbors recalled him as a vivacious, welcoming neighbor who loved his block and built his own roof deck.

"We blindly lost a attractive soul on September 7, who tragically gave his life to protect that of his 2-year-old daughter", the Gofundme page reads.

A resident of the Spring Garden/Francisville neighborhood for more than a decade, Grandzol was a board member of the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corp.

"He was the neighbor and friend I wish everyone was fortunate enough to have", said Brad Griffith, a longtime friend and neighbor, told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"He was a fabulous person". "We had a block party a few weeks ago and he was the man of the hour".

Friends and neighbors, in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, were reeling in shock and grief at the slaying of a man described by City Council President Darrell L. Clarke as "the go-to guy in that community".

"It's senseless. I'm losing words right now to even describe it", wan said. Ger loved being a father to his two-year-old and six-week-old daughters and adored his wife of nearly two years.

"Gerry was loved by everyone who had the privilege to know him, not just as a colleague, but as a force of nature who loved life". "In nearly 29 years, it's one of the most disturbing videos I've ever seen", Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector James Kelly said. We implore anyone with information about what happened to call Philadelphia Police.

A St. Joseph's University alum who was highly involved in the community, Grandzol volunteered for Project HOME, served on a neighborhood organization and belonged to various civic groups.

"My brother, Gerard Grandzol, was one of a kind. Charming, witty, always smiling and devising ways to have fun".

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