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January 23, 2013 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
In an instant, the 40-year-old man at his favorite South Philadelphia corner store had a decision to make. A young thug had burst through the door waving a gun, announcing a robbery. The man decided to act, taking a bullet in the head for his grief, but - almost miraculously, according to police - living to talk about it Monday night with doctors. "The bullet penetrated his skin but not his skull," Chief Inspector Scott Small said of the Good Samaritan shot inside the Koh Kong Grocery late Monday afternoon.
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January 13, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Derrick Robinson was playing Call of Duty about 2 a.m. Friday when, suddenly, the sound of gunfire became all too real. A gunman, carrying what police believe was an AR-15 rifle, began ripping shots into the front of the house where Robinson, 18, and his brother Oliver, 22, live. The shots were fired from a basketball court at 53d and Euclid Streets in the Wynnefield section, across from the Robinsons' house. Police said they recovered 17 casings. Bullets were sprayed through windows, above the front door, and, eventually, into the Robinson brothers' second-floor bedroom.
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December 28, 2012
IN A YEAR when the city's homicide rate sits at nearly one a day, cases and numbers become a blur. Here's a look back at some of the heartbreaking killings in Philadelphia this year:   Off-duty officer slain   Officer Moses Walker Jr ., 40, had just finished his shift at North Philadelphia's 22nd District early Aug. 18 and was on his way home when he was gunned down by two men in a botched robbery. Walker, a 19-year veteran who worked in the district's holding cell, was remembered by fellow cops - and even by men he locked up - as a model officer who always wore a smile and treated people with respect.
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December 21, 2012 | By Angela K. Brown, Associated Press
HARROLD, Texas - In this tiny Texas town, children and their parents don't give much thought to safety at the community's lone school - mostly because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons. In remote Harrold, the nearest sheriff's office is 30 minutes away, and people tend to know - and trust - one another. So the school board voted to let teachers bring guns to school. "We don't have money for a security guard, but this is a better solution," Superintendent David Thweatt said.
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November 20, 2012 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
RAHFEK and Rashawn Dennis' older sister, Zykia Sanders, 22, was their confidante and role model. But early Saturday morning, police say, a thug violently ripped the boys' sister away from them, when a stray bullet not meant for Sanders tore through the young woman's back as she stood outside the West Park Apartments, on Busti Street near Holden, in Powelton. The woman, who relatives said was about to graduate with a bachelor's degree in business administration, became the city's 295th homicide victim of 2012 when she died of her wounds about 2:30 a.m. at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
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November 18, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 22-year-old woman died in West Philadelphia Saturday morning when she was shot in the back by a bullet not intended for her. Zykia Sanders, from the 300 block of West Berkley Street in Germantown, was not the intended target of the gunfire, according to information provided by Officer Tanya Little, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Police Department. Police arrived at the 4400 block of Holden Street near the Powelton section of the city around 2:18 a.m. They found Sanders on the ground, unresponsive, with a gunshot wound to the back.
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November 1, 2012 | By Allison Steele, Sean Carlin, and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
Friends and relatives of 19-year-old Sherita Hamilton knew her as a quiet and calm presence, the kind of young woman who never caused trouble or even raised her voice. Hamilton lived on North Wanamaker Street in Overbrook, but often came to babysit her many young cousins who lived in two homes in the 1700 block of North Aberdeen Street in Wynnefield Heights, about a mile away. Hamilton, a nursing student, had endured the death of her mother and grandparents as a child, so family was important to her, said her aunt Adrienne Hamilton.
NEWS
November 1, 2012
A 19-year-old woman was shot once in the head on Aberdeen Street in Wynnefield Heights about 9 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Police said she was not the intended victim. She was pronounced dead at the scene. No further details were available Tuesday night. - Melissa Dribben
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November 1, 2012 | By Allison Steele, Sean Carlin, and Jonathan Lai, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Friends and relatives of 19-year-old Sherita Hamilton knew her as a quiet and calm presence, the kind of young woman who never caused trouble or even raised her voice. Hamilton lived on North Wanamaker Street in Overbrook, but often came to babysit her many young cousins who lived in two homes in the 1700 block of North Aberdeen Street in Wynnefield Heights, about a mile away. Hamilton, a nursing student, had endured the death of her mother and grandparents as a child, so family was important to her, said her aunt Adrienne Hamilton.
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