Hundreds of people gathered outside Benjamin Franklin High School in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia for the fifth annual Good Friday Vigil lead by Heeding God’s Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.
Movita Johnson Harrell and her husband Yancy lost their son Charles Andre Johnson, 18, after he was fatally shot on January 13, 2011 at Washington Lane and Musgrave Street in the East Germantown section of Philadelphia.
The march and vigil followed a gathering at St. Paul’s Baptist Church at 10th and Wallace Streets.
The ecumenical service included prayer, music, a remembrance of gun violence victims, and a call to end gun violence, “for the love of our children.”