May 6, 2015 |
Philadelphia police are searching for leads in a Saturday night shooting in West Philadelphia that struck a young girl in the head. The girl, 7, is expected to recover. The bullet hit her skull as she sat in her parents' car on the 5400 block of Haverford Avenue but did not penetrate it, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. Investigators are unsure what led to the shooting, Walker said. The girl's parents had stopped the car, a Chevrolet Impala, in front of their apartment about 9 p.m., with the girl and her sisters, ages 4 and 3, in the backseat.
February 18, 2015 |
I HAVE NO PROBLEM with anger. Anger is my go-to emotion - and it's how plenty of people react to feeling mistreated. So I wasn't surprised when things got heated at a town-hall meeting about tensions between cops and the community. The name of the forum at the Catalyst for Change Church, at 38th and Baring streets, last week was "Philly After Ferguson. " But, as someone pointed out, tensions between city residents and police way predate the tragic moment when a white cop killed an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Mo., last year.
January 2, 2015 |
Joe Jaskolka and his family stood before television cameras Wednesday to repeat a plea they have made every New Year's Eve for more than a decade: for people to stop firing guns into the air at the stroke of midnight. Jaskolka was 11 when, minutes into the new year in 1999, he was hit in the head by a stray bullet, fired off in celebration near 2nd Street in South Philadelphia. Now 27, Jaskolka has undergone 33 surgeries on his brain, and another 21 on his eyes. "I lost count at 17," he said Tuesday.
December 5, 2014
RE: JENICE Armstrong's column on Pharrell Williams: The Ferguson situation is tragic. Mr. Wilson overreacted and a young black man is gone. No doubt charges should have been filed. The protests are necessary to get the point across that we deserve respect. However, when the protesters then burn down their own neighborhood to obtain liquor, TVs or any other things, the looting process completely defeats the demand for respect. On Aug. 1, Tynirah Borum, a 3-year-old was shot and killed by a stray bullet while playing on the porch of her home.
October 17, 2014 |
AS SHERITA DICKENS sat on her front porch braiding the hair of a 3-year-old neighbor on Aug. 1, she had no idea all hell was about to be unleashed on tiny Etting Street in Grays Ferry. Dickens, 28, said during a preliminary hearing yesterday that as she tended to the hair of Tynirah Borum - who was seated on her lap - she saw three men talking, about 12 feet from her porch. Michael Thomas, 24, whom she knew from the neighborhood, dismissively waved his hand at the men with whom he had been speaking and began to walk away, she said.
September 26, 2014 |
TWO LONG LINES of mourners waited patiently and quietly to enter the doors of the Philadelphia Masjid in West Philadelphia for the funeral services, or Salat al-Janazah, yesterday for Aisha Abdur Rahman, the 15-year-old killed by a stray bullet as she left school Monday. The women, most of them dressed in black outer garments and black head scarfs stood in a line that stretched from the front steps to the end of the block on Wyalusing Avenue to get inside the crowded mosque. Many greeted one another with silent hugs.
September 19, 2014 |
HER LIFE WAS short, but little Nicoletta Rose had an impact on many. An outpouring of support continued Thursday for the baby girl who died Monday after being delivered by emergency C-section after her mother was struck by a stray bullet that later killed her. As of Thursday night, an online donation fund set up by a family friend had raised nearly $6,000 - surpassing its initial $2,000 goal - to help cover funeral expenses for Nicoletta and...
September 16, 2014 |
EXACTLY A MONTH from today, 26-year-old Megan Doto was due to give birth. A baby boy, the petite, dark-haired mother-to-be gushed to friends and her neighbors in Frankford. She'd name the baby Carmine, she wrote on Facebook, proudly posting photos of her round belly. Yesterday, as Doto sat outside on her block of Adams Avenue near Griscom Street, soaking in a late-summer day under crystal-blue skies just before noon, that dream of raising baby Carmine was violently torn from the young mother.
May 7, 2014 |
BRAHEEM THOMAS, 12, has a message for the lowlife whose bullets struck him Friday: Put the guns away. "Don't shoot at all," Braheem said last night on the steps of his family's two-story Crescentville rowhouse. "People are out there with their kids. . . . You're taking a life, and that's not cool. " Police say the punk who pulled the trigger that night on Van Kirk Street near Rising Sun Avenue was targeting a 21-year-old man who was standing nearby. He got his man, hitting him in the chest, but a stray bullet struck Braheem in the left thigh as the youth was walking home from Burger King with his mom, an aunt and cousins.
April 18, 2014 |
FORMER DARBY Borough Council president Nick DiGregorio was shot in the face by a stray bullet Monday afternoon while driving on a Chester street. Nick DiGregorio, 66, a Vietnam War veteran who was once a cop and a prison warden, was released from a hospital yesterday, but said the bullet remained lodged in his left cheek. "I don't think it's really hit me altogether yet, but another couple inches, the bullet would have hit my throat or my brain or my heart," DiGregorio said in a phone interview yesterday.