Remembering Chino Sanchez

Loved ones gathered on Castor Avenue in the Frankford section of Philadelphia Friday night for a vigil held in memory of anti-violence community activist Enrique “Chino” Sanchez.

Chino Sanchez was photograhped last year by Jeff Fusco for the Philadelphia Weekly. (Used with permission.)

Chino Sanchez was photographed last year by Jeff Fusco for the Philadelphia Weekly. (Used with permission.)

Early Friday, Sanchez was walking with a friend when two armed gunmen attempted to rob them — but they had only a pack of cigarettes to offer.

At the crime scene, police said that assailants ordered the victims to “give it up” and then opened fire as they attempted to run inside a home.

Police found seven .40 caliber shell casings at the scene. Sanchez was shot and killed and his friend was wounded and hospitalized in stable condition, but was able to attend the vigil, with other friends who helped him to stand up.

Tara Murtha of the GunCrisis Reporting Project had previously written about Chino Sanchez and recalled meeting him in a new post Friday at

She described Sanchez as an intelligent, soft-spoken young man, adding that his family says he had just signed up to participate in a new police initiative to combat gun violence, and was member of Men United for a Better Philadelphia.

Chino was also a hip-hop artist. He had been working on a song to honor children slain last week in Newtown, Connecticut.

Joseph Kaczmarek photographed the vigil for the GunCrisis Reporting Project.