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