Community speaking out after murder of 15-year-old Aisha Abdur Rhaman

Police gather evidence at the fatal shooting scene outside Einstein Medical Center. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police rushed a 15-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man into Albert Einstein Medical Center after they were shot outside the facility Monday afternoon. The girl was pronounced dead a short time later and the young man was listed in critical condition with a chest wound.

Remembering Aisha Abdur Rhaman:

The Delaware Valley Charter School’s Facebook page identified the girl who was killed as Aisha Abdur Rhaman,  and is asking all students and staff to honor her by wearing purple on Wednesday:

We are deeply grieved by the loss of our warrior, Aisha Abdur Rhaman. Aisha was struck by a stray bullet yesterday after school at a location off school property. Our thoughts & prayers are with her family & friends. In honor of Aisha we are asking for all students & staff to wear purple tomorrow. (Student athletes at the school are know as Warriors.)

Community responds on social media:

Several hashtags were activated Tuesday in response to the tragedy: #ripaisha#JusticeForAisha • #PrayForPhilly • #pray4philly

Breaking Tuesday: Suspect surrenders

Suspect Darian Person has surrendered, according to a tweet from Philadelphia Police Public Affairs Commanding Officer John Stanford. Earlier Tuesday, police were asking for the public’s assistance in locating Person.

Early media reports:

Police said a group of teenagers had been fighting at the Broad and Olney subway station, when one person pulled out a gun, according to CBS36ABC reported that police were seeking two individuals, a female and a male, in connection with the shooting.

NBC10 reported Einstein’s emergency room on lockdown due to the shooting. Nearby Girls High School also was placed on temporary lockdown, according to The Philadelphia InquirerFox29 reported that SEPTA was investigating as well.


Police sources said the girl appeared to be an innocent bystander, according to a Philadelphia Daily News report, and that she was a student at nearby Delaware Valley Charter High School, where two children were shot in January.

Later Monday evening, two men were critically wounded in an unrelated shooting incident in the Point Breeze section of South Philadelphia.

On Sunday, 13 people were shot during nine incidents reported across the city. As of Monday morning, Philadelphia Police reported 182 homicides in the city so far during 2014, seven more than had been reported by the same date last year.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.


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