Call to action this Sunday: Mourning the recent death of Montel Royster


Heeding God’s Call organized this vigil in North Philadelphia on good Friday. Photograph by Jim MacMillan.

Heeding God’s Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence, is planning a “Call to Action Public Witness Against Gun Violence” this Sunday, June 9th, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. at 54th and Hazelhurst Streets in the Wynnefield section of West Philadelphia.

The event will mourn the death of Montel Royster.

Philadelphia Police said that Royster, 20, of Diamond Street near 52nd Street in Wynnefield, died at 12:18 a.m. Saturday, May 18th at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, after someone shot him in the stomach and chest on Hazelhurst Street near 52nd, accoding to a Philadelphia Daily News report.

At this time, Philadelphia Police are reporting that 102 people have been murdered in Philadelphia in 2013.

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