Monday, October 09, 2006

Philly.com: “We're Doing Worse Than Baghdad”

Philly.com recounts public outcry.

A few parents carried framed photos of their children, cut down by a stray bullet or shot to death in a robbery. Others wore T-shirts memorializing dead loved ones and held signs that read "Stop the Violence."

After a stunning week of killings in Amish country and across Philadelphia, hundreds of people - including students and activists - participated yesterday in a school district-sponsored antiviolence fund-raising march to City Hall.

At least 17 homicides have been reported in the city since last Monday, the day five Amish girls were killed execution-style in Lancaster County, authorities said. The Philadelphia killings, including those of two 17-year-old boys, made it one of the deadliest weeks ever, police said.

The deaths boosted the number of homicides for the year to 313 - 19 more than last year at this time. Of the total, 28 victims were 17 or younger.

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