May 4, 2012 (The Global Minute)
The latest victim was a 16 year old boy, who police say was mistaken for someone else and shot to death when leaving a corner store in West Philadelphia on Wednesday. According to neighbors there has been an increase in gang activity and violence in recent weeks. He was rushed to the hospital but died the next day.
Previously, a 6 year old , weighting 29 pounds, died from blunt head trauma at the hands of his parents. The forensic examiner said the boy had been beaten so much over the course of his life that he simply had “too many scars to count.”
So far, there have been 115 homicides this year in Philadelphia. Last year, compared at this time, there were 109. The numbers haven’t been this high since 2007, when there had been 135 homicides at this point, and ended with a grand total of 391. Last year’s homicide total of 324 was the highest it had been since 2008 when it was 331. 2007 still holds the most homicides in a year for the past 5 years, with 391.