Devin Bullock remembered

Photographs by Joseph Kaczmarek; video report produced by Jim MacMillan for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project.

Loved ones gathered Tuesday evening in the Brewerytown section of Philadelphia, lighting candles, holding balloons, wearing memorial tee shirts and sharing long hugs.

Family members and friends had come together to remember Devin Bullock, the 19-year-old high school basketball star who died Sunday from wounds suffered when he was shot with two other young men last month.

Bullock was a senior at the New Media Technology Charter School and was anticipating college scholarship offers, with which he planned to study finance.

Police have arrested and charged a 20-year-old neighbor in connection with the shooting at West Thompson and North 25 Streets on April 23rd.

According to media reports, Bullock was on his was back from a haircut and walking to a nearby store when he was struck by gunfire intended for one of the other victims.

Police said that the suspect had previously been in a heated argument with the intended target of the attack.

According to, a web site set up by his family, Bullock’s day began when he left his home at 5 a.m. for basketball practice, was followed a full day at school and then working a shift at the Foot Locker at the Cheltenham Mall, where he put in 30 to 40 hours per week.

Bullock fought for his life for two weeks at Hahnemann University Hospital before passing away late Sunday night.


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