The robot was destroyed, and social media have seen an outpouring of sympathy as people who had been following the robot's journey weighed in on his untimely end.
Hitchbot didn't deserve this you animals pic.twitter.com/abA07IuBKC— Rad Kyle (@KyleMcDowell86) August 3, 2015
Good Job, America. You Killed hitchBOT http://t.co/gdUTTJ9yp8— ernestoriley (@ErnestoRiley) August 3, 2015
Does the blame for HitchBOT's demise fall on America or specifically on Philadelphia?
We may yet find out who was responsible for killing HitchBOT …
I'm going to see if I can get the security footage from where @hitchBOT got killed.— Jesse Wellens (@Jessewelle) August 2, 2015
… with at least one publication encouraging anyone with information to step forward.
Others had more specific ideas about whom to blame.
.@MeekMill what did you do to HitchBot?— TOLKIEN BLACK (@therealhennessy) August 2, 2015
Canadians all think, "Of COURSE #hitchBOT was destroyed in the US." Americans all think, "Of COURSE it was destroyed in Philadelphia."— Reid Dossinger (@ReidDoss) August 3, 2015