Gun violence continues to harm Philadelphia families as city homicide numbers rise – CBS Philly

Philadelphia (CBS) – Philadelphia is on track to surpass its staggering homicide total in 2020. As of Friday night, there were at least 413 murders in the city, a 20% increase from this time last year.

“It makes my heart break as you think about families, heartbreak, and impact,” said Marla Davis Bellamy, director of the Philadelphia Shooting Center.

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Crime in the city affects Philadelphia as another day brings another victim and a grieving family.

On Friday, Terrence Shedrick, 43, was added to a growing list of murders. A father of six was shot dead in a double shooting outside a bar on Island Avenue and Elmwood in southwest Philadelphia around 3 p.m. during happy hour.

Cedric’s wife joins families grieving for victims of gun violence such as that of Nazim Weizmann, an 18-year-old who was Thursday was killed during a triple shooting from a speeding car on Lehigh Avenue and 16th Street. The shooting also injured a 12-year-old girl.

“Many of our community organizations and residents are under the impression that the city will, I think, solve this problem for us,” Bellamy said.

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Ceasefire Philadelphia is a group that treats gun violence as a public health issue.

“What we’re actually doing is recruiting high-risk young people who are 25 or younger who are deeply involved in high-risk activity and are very similar to someone who is an alcoholic with a shepherd,” Bellamy said.

Bellamy says fighting crime in the city requires a great deal of money and resources that organizations like hers don’t receive. She fears that Philadelphia will reach the grim stage of record-breaking murders.

“Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ve really been able to control what’s going on,” Bellamy says.

No one has been arrested in any of the shootings in the past 24 hours. There is a $20,000 bounty in all murder cases for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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For a list of Philadelphia gun violence resources, click here.

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