For about 12 hours Saturday, local artist Peter Quinn and a team of volunteers drew thousands of chalk body outlines across all four lanes of John F. Kennedy Boulevard, from 20th Street to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.
Quinn describes “American Casualties: A Drawing,” as a community art project intended as “a visual image of the devastation of gun violence in America each year.”
Alvita Davis, left, and Nicole Hyman, mothers of murder victims Latia Jones and Rodney Ramseur, Jr., embraced after releasing balloons with about 50 other people during a vigil held in remembrance of the couple Tuesday night on Sparks Streets in the Olney section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.
The two mothers made an appeal during an interview on NBC10, asking anyone with information to step forward and contact police:
“I didn’t enjoy my Mother’s Day. You took my Mother’s Day away from me,’ said Davis, adding that she will pray that conscience will lead the killer to “come forth and be a man and say what you’ve done.”
Slideshow: Families come together in remembrance. Photographs by Joseph Kaczmarek.
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