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May 1, 1995 | By Monica Rhor, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Andre Bagby had always told his mother that his name would be remembered. But it wasn't supposed to be like this. He wasn't supposed to have been found shot to death under a Camden railroad overpass - before his 21st birthday. But he was. So now, Andre Bagby's name is engraved alongside 184 others on a somber triptych. Each of the three plexiglass panels represents a year: 1992, 1993 or 1994. And each year bears more than 60 bronze nameplates: the names of Camden County's murder victims.
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May 19, 1992 | By Lea Sitton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A bullet fired by a gunman during a chase in South Philadelphia yesterday struck a bystander in the head while he was playing with a small boy on a front step, police said. Marshall Woodward, 25, of South Philadelphia, was in stable condition at Graduate Hospital last night. The 16-month-old boy with him was not hurt, police said. A second man, the target of the gunman, was listed in stable but guarded condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Police identified him as Charles Johnson, 24, of South Philadelphia.
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January 25, 2010 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
For the second time in 10 weeks, a grandmother has been hit by a stray bullet in Chester. Andrea Lee, 64, had parked near her home on 7th Street near Yarnall about 4:20 p.m. Saturday and was getting out of her car when a bullet from a nearby shootout struck her in the back, according to police. She was rushed to Crozer Chester Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition yesterday. "This woman appears to be an innocent victim of a shooting between two groups of persons," Chester Police Capt.
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November 1, 1997 | by Yvonne Latty, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Joe O'Dowd contributed to this report
Don't feel sorry for Jeremiah Hill. He is with the Lord now, his wife said. A stray bullet flew through his bedroom window Thursday night and struck him in the back, police said. When his wife, Brenda, returned from a trip to Japan, she found her devoutly religious husband of 30 years lying in a pool of his blood on their bedroom floor, she said. But yesterday, Brenda Hill was fighting back the tears. "He's gone to a better place where there is no pain," Brenda Hill said.
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April 23, 2001 | by William Bunch Daily News Staff Writer
Nafes Johnson saw the drugs and violence all around him as he grew up in South Philadelphia - and he wanted nothing to do with it. The aspiring minister and drama student even wrote and produced a play while he was at Parkway Gamma High School called "No Weapons. " And yet it was a stray gunshot on the streets of South Philadelphia that killed the 19-year-old Johnson late Friday night - as he was riding home from a church revival. Yesterday, Johnson's grandmother, Doris Johnson, along with his mother and other family and friends, sat around the grandmother's darkened first-floor living room and struggled to come to grasp the irony of a good kid's murder.
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July 18, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A STRAY BULLET MAY have traveled as far as a mile before it shattered a double-pane window and struck a patient inside a Delaware County hospital Monday night, authorities said. The 62-year-old victim, who hours earlier had been admitted to her first-floor room at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, was seated in a chair about 11:40 p.m. when the bullet came through her window and went through her abdomen, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said. The bullet entered and exited the victim's abdominal area without striking any major organs, according to Whelan.
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February 14, 1988 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 13-year-old girl was seriously wounded yesterday by a stray bullet fired through a window of her home in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia, police said. The bullet, from a .357 magnum, apparently was fired by accident during a quarrel between a neighbor and a teenager outside the girl's home, police said. The victim, Adela Wilson, was in her living room about 3:40 p.m. when the bullet came through a front window and struck her in the left hip and abdomen, according to police and neighbors.
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November 28, 1995 | By Suzette Parmley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The rear window of a Philadelphia School District bus carrying handicapped students was shattered by a stray bullet that came from the direction of two vehicles whose occupants were having a shoot-out yesterday afternoon, police said. No one was seriously injured in the 3:10 p.m. incident near 48th and Sansom Streets. Two people on the bus received minor injuries from flying glass fragments, police said. An investigator at the West Detective Division said the bus was transporting seven students - ranging in age from 6 to 20 and all users of wheelchairs or crutches - from Widener Memorial School, at Broad Street and Olney Avenue, when an Eagle Premier and a Ford pickup truck stopped behind the bus. Two occupants of the Premier got into an argument with the pickup driver and started shooting, police said.
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July 24, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
YEAH, DONALD POWERS said, he can still remember everything from that wretched morning last fall when he watched a bullet run into his pregnant neighbor's face. Megan Doto was eight months along in her pregnancy. She had parked herself in a lawn chair in front of the stucco-covered walls of another neighbor's house in Frankford when the stray bullet found her. The 25-year-old died a few hours after she was wounded on Sept. 14. Doctors delivered her baby, but the infant girl survived for only 12 hours.
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July 24, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
For nearly a year, Maryann Doto waited for police to catch the man who killed her daughter. In September, Megan Doto, 25, a pregnant mother of two, was hit in the head by a stray bullet as she sat outside her house in Frankford. The bullet also claimed the life of her infant daughter, Nicoletta, who was delivered by C-section and died the next morning. For months, the suspect in the killings remained at large - until Wednesday morning, when he was killed in a Northeast Philadelphia apartment in a shootout with SWAT officers who were there to arrest him. "I don't wish death on anyone," Doto said Wednesday, but she said she had been "praying for this day. " A $40,000 reward was offered in Megan Doto's death, and police identified a suspect within days: Devon Guisherd, 27, a neighborhood man who went on the run soon after the shooting.
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May 6, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 18, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
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.
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January 2, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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October 17, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
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.
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September 26, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
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.
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September 19, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT and DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writerszalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
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...
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September 16, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
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.
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