Thank you for supporting the Gun Crisis Reporting Project: In memory of Michael Hagan

The Gun Crisis Reporting Project received our largest personal contribution to date this week; $550 presented anonymously “In memory of Michael Hagan” who was shot to death in Philadelphia’s Society Hill neighborhood.

Last summer, we reported from the scene where 32-year-old Hagan was killed, in the area of 4th and Lombard Streets.

Hagan was among six people shot overnight through the morning of July 1, 2012, and became one of 331 homicide victims reported in Philadelphia last year.

From guncrisis.org, July 1, 2012: Shootings leave one dead, one critical and four more wounded in Philadelphia

Police later turned to the public in search of surveillance footage and offered a $40,000 reward. In October, Hagan’s family held a walk and vigil as the reward was raised to $50,000.

Last March, Philadelphia Police told Fox29 that the leads in the Hagan investigation “have been very thin.”

We always strive to honor the victims in our work and will dedicate our efforts this week to Mr. Hagan’s memory. The funds will go to pay for some much needed equipment.

Learn more about Michael Hagan and keep up with news on his case at michaelhagan.net.

We would also like to thank Jude and Lee Smithey of Rutledge, PA, and Jaime and Jennifer Arroyo for their generous contributions.

Aside from the obvious benefits of financial support, we find these gifts indescribably encouraging.

But we still need more help. During our first 15 months, the staff of the Gun Crisis Reporting Project has donated tens of thousands of dollars in professional services and thousands more in direct reporting costs such fuel and equipment.

We do our best to inform readers who seek more information on gun violence incidents, issues and solutions. We illuminate groups and individuals working to prevent gun violence — and provide professional support. And we focus on solutions when we meet officials, convene communities, visit colleges and universities or advise journalists covering gun violence in Philadelphia.

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