Community members call for ceasefire as Philadelphia nears 500 homicides

By Annie McCormick, Christie Ileto

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Police in Philadelphia are investigating a shooting that left one dead Tuesday night.

This happened around 10:30 p.m. on the 6200 block of Woodland Avenue in southwest Philadelphia.

Police said the man was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests were made in this case.

As the city nears the grim threshold of 500 homicides, some community organizations are calling for a truce before the holidays.

A coalition of community members, leaders and organizations is coming together to call for a city-wide “holiday truce” and to raise funds to support the holiday ceasefire events.

Several people were killed over the weekend, including a young mother who was gunned down in front of her children and a pregnant woman unloading baby shower gifts from her car.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said Tuesday morning: “Firstly, it’s sad that we are seeing any number, but we also have to realize that it’s not the number of people killed, it’s the hundreds. thousands of people affected beyond those who died.

Mazzie Kosher, who co-created the Philly Truce app and is part of the Zero Homicides Now movement, said when people see they’re not alone, they’re a little more encouraged.

“The same way crazy people do when they are with each other, they feel excited to do something because they have each other’s support. Now we are trying to present the same support to citizens who know better, ”said Kosher.

The first event takes place Wednesday, November 24 at 12 p.m. at Muhamad Park and Christian Stronghold Baptist Church located at 47th and Lancaster Avenue.

In the past 48 hours, Partners for Peace volunteers have knocked on hundreds of doors, pleading for the violence to end.

“They should love each other instead of fighting,” said David, 9, one of the youngest volunteers in the group.

At New Options More Opportunities Tuesday night, the topic was about what students want to see from their next principal. But the city’s violence was at the forefront for 8th grade student Sadiyah.

“I don’t know if I could do the wrong thing against someone they want it against, and the next time they see me in public I might get shot,” Sadiyah said.

City leaders are expected to discuss the lingering problem of gun violence in a briefing on Wednesday morning.

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