Since beginning last spring, Edward Rhoads of Philadelphia has been compiling a list of those killed with guns in our city, based on information he finds by following media reports, including the Gun Crisis Reporting Project.
Rhoads, a retired professor of Chinese history at the University of Texas at Austin, took on the project at the request of the rector of his wife’s church, the Rev. Jarrett Kerbel of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill. Each week, Kerbel lights a candle for each gun death in Philly.
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Tracking Philadelphia gun violence every day has been an exhausting experience — emotionally as well as practically — for the team at the Gun Crisis Reporting Project. So, we find great inspiration when we meet others who are doing the same.
Last month, we discovered Brady Watkins, a 22-year-old Criminal Justice and Political Science Major who will be graduating from Mansfield University in December.
Watkins follows Philadelphia media reports each month, as well as online news archives and court documents. He breaks down homicide reports statistically, looking at the geographic area, time of day, day of the week, gender, race, age, weapon used, and whether the homicide was solved or unsolved.
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Police investigate a fatal shooting Wednesday night in South Philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.
An outbreak of gun violence left one man and a teenage boy dead, and two men and one woman wounded Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
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The latest weekly report from the Philadelphia Police Department shows a 33 percent leap in homicides for the period ending August 3rd, when compared with the previous 28-day period.
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A prayer vigil to end gun violence is scheduled for tonight in the Rhawnhurst section of Northeast Philadelphia. The event will also open the latest installation of the Memorial to the Lost, a public display which includes one tee shirt remembering each of the 201 citizens of Philadelphia killed by gun violence during 2013. Click the headline to get more information.
The total number of Philadelphia homicides leapt ahead of last year’s pace early in 2014 and then fell behind significantly, before creeping to within a few percent during the first 20 weeks of this year, according to Philadelphia Police data.
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Five men have been wounded — two critically — in separate Philadelphia shooting incidents since our last report. At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we have now tracked 21 gunshot victims reported in the city during the first three days of May.
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