PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia is on track to surpass the staggering homicide rate of 2020. On Friday night, there were at least 413 homicides in the city, a 20% increase from last year around this time.
“It makes my heartbreak and you think about the families, the heartbreak, the impact,” said Marla Davis Bellamy, the director of Ceasefire Philadelphia.
Crime in the city takes its toll on the people of Philadelphia, as another day brings another victim and a grieving family.
On Friday, Terrence Shedrick, 43, was added to a growing list of murders. The father of six was shot dead during happy hour around 3 p.m. in a double shooting outside a bar on Island Avenue and Elmwood in southwest Philadelphia.
Shedrick’s wife joins families mourning victims of gun violence, such as the family of Nazeem Wiseman, an 18-year-old who killed Thursday in a drive-by triple shooting on Lehigh Avenue and 16th Street. A 12-year-old girl was also injured in the shooting.
“Many of our community organizations and residents have the impression that the city is going to solve this problem for us, I think,” Bellamy said.
Ceasefire Philadelphia is a group that views gun violence as a public health problem.
“What we’re doing is basically recruiting high-risk young people, especially 25 and under, who are very involved in high-risk activities and are very similar to someone who is an alcoholic and has a sponsor,” Bellamy said.
Bellamy says fighting crime in the city takes a significant amount of money and resources that organizations like hers don’t receive. She fears Philadelphia will hit the grim milestone of record killings.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ve really been able to get a handle on what’s happening,” Bellamy says.
No arrests have been made in the past 24 hours in the shootings. There is a $20,000 reward for all homicide cases for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
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