January, 2013: Emotions overcome a man at the scene of a fatal shooting in Frankford during the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. This was already the second homicide by gunfire.
During 2013 — our first full year in operation at the Gun Crisis Reporting Project — founding partner Joseph Kaczmarek covered nearly 200 crime scenes where people had been shot in Philadelphia, as well as numerous memorials and official events, in addition to working with several visiting news organizations and representing us at community events.
Kaczmarek reported from homicide scenes on the first day of the year as well as the last, and on many on between. Here is one example of his coverage from each of the following months:
February: Veronica Jackson is overcome with grief at the scene after her brother Gregory Scott was shot and killed in front of his home in West Philadelphia. Scott was a mentor and long-time member with a local community service organization which teaches leadership, discipline, and culture while providing recreational and educational opportunities.
March: Two women look out the front window of their home and over the crime scene after a 25-year-old man was shot and killed in Fairhill. According to police, the victim was struck several times and was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.
April: Family and friends gather around a memorial for Adrian Abad Zamora, one night after he shot to death inside an SUV parked at the Harrowgate shopping center.
May: Alvita Davis, left, and Nicole Hyman, mothers of murder victims Latia Jones and Rodney Ramseur, Jr., embrace after releasing balloons with about 50 other people during a vigil held in remembrance of the couple in Olney. Jones and Ramseur were killed by an unknown gunman on a rainy night in 2012.
June: One man compresses a chest wound while another uses his belt as a tourniquet and a city medic holds a head wound after a 25-year-old man was shot seven times in the Harrowgate section of Philadelphia.
July: Family and friends look on as police investigate a fatal shooting in East Germantown. A steady stream of loved ones gathered around the scene and watched closely as investigators collected evidence around the man’s body.
August: A young neighbor looks on as police investigate a shooting that left one teen dead and two more wounded in South Philadelphia.
September: A neighbor reacts after looking out from her kitchen window into a rear alley and seeing the body of a teen who was shot to death in Southwest Philadelphia. Medics also rushed a critically wounded 17-year-old boy to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
October: Police investigate the crime scene where two people were shot, one fatally, on Master Street near American Street in North Philadelphia.
November: A child’s toy rests near evidence markers as police investigate a fatal shooting in the Parkside section of West Philadelphia.
December: A fire department medic firefighter come to the aid of a gunshot victim found in North Philadelphia. He was hospitalized in critical condition.
Homicides declined by about 25 percent in Philadelphia in 2013 — which represents unprecedented progress — but the city still suffers the highest rate of homicide per capita found among large American cities, and six people have already been shot to death in 2014.
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