August 12, 2015 |
The 16-year-old boy found with his face covered in blood in an Elmwood living room Sunday was thought to be suffering from a nosebleed. But after he was rushed to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center after police found him around 6:30 p.m., doctors discovered he had actually been shot through the left eye. Police said the officers who found him had not seen any obvious signs of trauma when they responded to his home. He was pronounced dead shortly afterward. Investigators said they believed the boy, identified as Corey Tunnell, had been shot accidentally.
August 10, 2015 |
AS A CHILD in the first Hispanic family on his Fairhill block, Luis Torrado had to street fight to end the ethnic taunts from neighbor kids and gain their respect. As owner of Torrado Construction in Port Richmond, he's spent his adult years fighting negative attitudes toward hiring minority contractors by proving himself over and over again. It's been a long, tough journey since he grew up on Mascher Street near Tusculum in the '70s. "You had a choice," Torrado said. "You could bow down or you could fight.
July 25, 2015 |
Three men were killed within three hours across the city overnight Wednesday into Thursday, Philadelphia police said. The first took place on the 3000 block of North Howard Street in Fairhill around 10:44 p.m. Police responded to a report of a person with a gun and found Jovanni Ouola, 19, of Oxford Circle, shot through the head and torso. Medics took Ouola to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later. Police said an argument led to the shooting.
July 15, 2015 |
A 25-year-old man was killed by a gunman who chased him down a Point Breeze street Monday morning, Philadelphia police said. Another four people were wounded in separate shooting and stabbing incidents across the city. Police responded to a report of gunshots on the 1700 block of Tasker Street in Point Breeze at 11:48 a.m., and found the 25-year-old victim shot several times, in the left leg, arm, and chest. A medic took the man to Jefferson University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
June 4, 2015 |
The politicians and city officials have come and gone from Tent City. They arrived last week at this encampment in a clearing by the railroad tracks in Fairhill, where dozens of addicted men and women live in shacks or in tents or on the trash-strewn ground, shooting heroin or smoking crack cocaine all day and into the night. Where hundreds more from across the city stream through each week, leaving behind endless syringes and mountains of trash in an already-stricken neighborhood.
June 1, 2015 |
Eddie awoke on a broken piece of wood. He had set it out the night before in one of the better places to sleep in Tent City, next to Jose's shack, where men shoot heroin through the day and into the night, and away from the rats that swarm the mountains of trash lining the slope to the railroad bed. Jose Santiago built his shack five years ago from crates, tarps, and beer boxes. It is one of the standing structures in the camp. It has a patch of soiled rug and piping to collect rainwater.
May 8, 2015 |
The patrol officers who responded to a report of gunshots in Fairhill on Wednesday morning found a gruesome scene when they arrived on North Sixth Street: one man dead of multiple gunshot wounds, two others lying wounded, and dozens of bullet casings littering the street. Detectives were working to sort out the particulars of the slaying on the 3100 block, Homicide Capt. James Clark said. Investigators have interviewed one of the wounded men, he said. It was unclear what motivated the shooting 12:30 a.m., or even who fired at whom, Clark said.
April 17, 2015 |
DAVID ALICEA, 2, and his uncle Joey Rivera, 13, often enjoyed watching Lightning McQueen in the animated "Cars" movies. But that won't happen anymore. A speeding vehicle struck David and his mother Monday night in front of their Fairhill home. The driver never stopped. "They took our angel away from us," Gloria Aponte said of David, breaking down in tears just a few feet from where her grandson was hit. David succumbed to his injuries early yesterday. His mother, Josephine Rivera, 19, survived but remained at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
February 7, 2015 |
The day after Najee Rivera was arrested a year and a half ago, his girlfriend went to North Philadelphia's 25th Police District and saw his bloodied and broken face - his orbital bone fractured, an eye swollen shut, his face sewn up with stitches and staples. Sitting next to him Thursday night, Dina Scannapieco of South Philadelphia said she had asked the dazed, 23-year-old Rivera where he had been arrested. "As soon as I picked him up, we went right over there," Scannapieco said.
December 8, 2014 |
Illustrating the gap between wealth and poverty in the area, new census data shows that in Philadelphia's impoverished Fairhill section, residents have median household incomes of $14,185 a year - 1/12 that of the richest region in the area, Chester County's Birmingham Township. The median household income in Birmingham, a bedroom community of financiers, lawyers, and other professionals 32 miles west of Center City, is $171,689, according to estimates compiled between 2009 and 2013 in the newly released American Community Survey from the Census Bureau.