Crosses stand for this year’s homicide victims in Philadelphia and Camden, NJ

Memorial crosses cover the lawn Sunday afternoon at Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School in North Philadelphia.

The crosses were planted last week in memory of this year’s homicide victims in Philadelphia, and in solidarity with the victims in Camden, NJ.

On Friday, the city of 77,000 people, just across the Delaware River form Philadelphia, crossed a grim milestone with its 59th killing – for a homicide rate four times worse than Philadelphia’s, according to

A community group called Camden: Stop the Trauma, Violence and Murder has been marking each homicide with a cross at Camden City Hall, and has posted more photos from the Philadelphia memorial.

According to, 294 people have been murdered this year in Philadelphia.


Photos for the GunCrisis Reporting Project by Jim MacMillan.

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