Philadelphia Hits Disturbing Record of 500 Homicides

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The 500th homicide in the City of Brotherly Love on November 24 matched a record set in 1990.

Philadelphia is known as the City of Brotherly Love but now, it’s becoming the city of homicide. 

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On Nov. 24, the city saw its 500th homicide in 2021 as it matched a record set in 1990. According to CNN, the city hit an average of around one homicide every 16 hours this year.  

On that day, there were two pedestrians walking down the street around 4:30 p.m. as a 55-year-old woman named Eloise Harmon was begging for help. A man approached Harmon in an olive Jeep and fired five shots. 

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Three of those shots struck her in the chest. Harmon was pronounced dead in a hospital, according to WPVI-TV. Police believe this was a domestic incident and they are asking the shooter to turn himself in to authorities. 

This shooting came just days after another similar situation devastated Philadelphia. Jessica Covington, a 32-year-old woman who was seven months pregnant, was fatally shot in the head and in the abdomen after going to her baby shower. 

“I’m begging to please stop shooting each other. Stop killing our community please,” said City Council President Darrell Clarke at a news conference. 

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According to CNN, homicide numbers across America continued to increase in the first three quarters of 2021. 

“We are in a full-on crisis when it comes to gun violence in Philadelphia. In the entire history of our city, gun violence has never been so widespread and relentless,” Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson said in a statement. “Before I became an elected official, I was a gun violence prevention advocate, inspired to speak out by the death of my cousin. I lived through the crack epidemic. I have never seen gun violence as bad as it is today.”  

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here. 

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