Listing those lost

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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Tonight in Rhawnhurst: Prayer vigil to end gun violence

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.

Three hours: Two dead, six wounded in Philadelphia shootings

Slide show above: Women embrace while police investigate a fatal shooting outside a bar early Sunday in the Franklinville section of North Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police gathered evidence at the scene after a man was shot and killed outside the Galaxy Lounge early Saturday, at Germantown Avenue and Rising Sun Avenue in the Franklinville section of Philadelphia.

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#GunCrisis: Philadelphia Week in Review

TEDx Philadelphia

The team from the Gun Crisis Reporting Project was invited to present this week at TEDxPhiladelphia, a daylong multidisciplinary conference created in the spirit of the TED conference mission of “ideas worth spreading.” We will share video from the talk when available. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Photo at top: Police were investigating after a suspect was wounded by an officer during a gun battle earlier this week in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

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Man killed, two wounded in separate Philadelphia shootings overnight

Slide show above: Police investigate fatal shooting scene in Feltonville early Thursday. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police were gathering evidence on the crime scene where a young man was shot to death just a few minutes after midnight Thursday, at 4th and Wingohocken Streets in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia.

According to police, officers responded to reports of gunfire in the area and found the 19-year-old suffering from several gunshot wounds. They rushed him to Temple University Hospital, but he was pronounced dead within the hour.

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Police found the victim in the back seat of a Toyota Camry with at least a dozen pieces of ballistic evidence nearby. CBS3, 6ABC, NBC10 and Fox29 have reports from the scene.

As we previously reported, police engaged in a gun battle and wounded one suspect after another shooting Tuesday evening in Feltonville. Last week, a 35-year-old man was shot in the head in Feltonville.

Two more men were wounded, one critically, in separate overnight shootings reported shortly before and after the Feltonville incident.

Just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, police rushed a 24-year-old man to Temple, where he was in stable condition after he was shot in the back on Newcomb Street, near Wayne Avenue and the Roosevelt Expressway overpass in the Nicetown section of the city.

Another young man was listed in critical condition at Temple after he was wounded just before 12:30 a.m. Thursday, at 5th and Westmoreland Streets in North Philadelphia. NBC10 has a brief video report.

The Philadelphia Police Department reports that 57 people have been murdered in the city this year, up from 48 reported on this date last year but still down from 83 year-to-date victims in 2012.

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Two men killed Monday in separate Philadelphia shootings

Slide show above: Family members gather at the scene as police investigate a fatal shooting Monday night. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Relatives gathered along the crime scene perimeter as homicide investigators looked for evidence after a 21-year-old man was shot to death shortly after 9 p.m. Monday on Kerbaugh Street, between Broad Street and Germantown Avenue in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia.

According to police, officers responded to reports of a shooting and arrived to find a 21-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds to the head, arms and chest. Medics pronounced him the victim on location and investigators said they located 13 fired shell casings in close proximity to the victim.

Police said that the alleged shooter was still on the scene when they arrived and was arrested without any incident, according to a report from the Philadelphia Daily News, adding that police also said both the victim and suspect had 9mm handguns.

Police said a fight over a woman may have led to the fatal shooting, according to NBC106ABC reported that the victim was shot in the chest, arms and head.

Investigators say the victim was shot 13 times at close range, according to CBS3NBC10 has a brief video report.

As we reported yesterday, recently-released Philadelphia Police data indicates that nearly half of the homicides reported in Philadelphia last year resulted from arguments.

Another man was shot multiple times and killed in a separate incident Monday afternoon, near Buist Avenue and 73rd Street, in the Eastwick section of Southwest Philadelphia.

Police rushed the 23-year-old victim to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, but he was pronounced dead a short time later. The Philadelphia Daily News, CBS3 and Fox29 also have reports.

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Three dead, eight wounded in Philadelphia shootings since Wednesday

After weeklong stretch during which only four shooting victims were reported in Philadelphia, eleven men have now been shot since Wednesday morning, three of them fatally.


A 22-year-old man was shot to death just after noon Friday on Park Avenue near Somerset Street in North Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Daily News identified the victim as Kasim Covil, in a report from the scene.

Another man was pronounced dead on location after a shooting around 5 a.m. Saturday, inside an apartment building on Foulkrod Street near Frankford Avenue in East Frankford. Investigators believe it may have been an hour before anyone called 911 for help, according to 6ABC. NBC10 reports that the victim was killed execution-style:


Around the same time, police were rushing a 28-year-old man to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition with an arm wound after he was shot on North Darien Street, not far from 9th and Pike Streets in the Hunting Park section of the city.

Police rushed a 33-year-old man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was listed in stable condition after he was shot in the chest shortly after midnight on North 53rd Street near Warren Street in the Carroll Park section of West Philadelphia. According to another report from NBC10, the victim was sitting on stoop of a home when two suspects approached him at least one opened fire.

As we previously reported, two men were listed in stable condition after they were wounded in separate shootings Thursday night in West Philadelphia, one man was shot to death early Thursday in East Falls, and two men were wounded Wednesday afternoon and evening in South Philadelphia and West Philadelphia.


Two more men were wounded in shootings earlier Wednesday in Feltonville and West Philadelphia

So far in 2014, 53 homicides have been reported in Philadelphia, up from 41 victims on this date in 2013 but still down from 78 reported one year earlier, according to police. The year-to-date figures represent a 29 percent increase over last year, but still a 32 percent decrease when compared with 2012.

The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting on a new initiative to address gun violence in Southwest Philadelphia, explaining The Councilman Kenyatta Johnson Neighborhood Task Force on Youth Gun Violence plans to “connect area residents with city services and organizations as a preventive measure for youth at risk of succumbing to gun violence; to promote conflict resolution in surrounding schools, rec centers and other gathering places; and to reintegrate juvenile and adult ex-offenders into society.”

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