If you live in Frankford, as in most neighborhoods of the city, when you hear a helicopter circling overhead, you know something is wrong. Last night and very early this morning, there were two separate shooting incidents involving three people, two of whom are now dead.
The first was in the 5000 block of Frankford Avenue and the victim killed had no id and is considered to be “John Doe” at this point. The other victim, 35 years old, is in critical condition at Temple as of now. Police are hoping surveillance cameras in the area will help in their investigation.
Shortly after midnight, another “execution style shooting”, according to Channel 6 News, occurred in the 1400 block of Adams Avenue. Suffering over 2 dozen bullets, this 27 year old victim died at the scene.
We could be tempted to ask why but there are most likely only a few reasons for these killings. The bigger question is how do we put an end to this violence? The most important question is what are you going to do about this?
This time of year, most of us are filled with “good cheer” and our outlook might be a little brighter. We see lights and there’s excitement “in the air”! But singing about peace on earth is not going to make it so.
Frankford Forward has had some success in bringing attention to the violence in the area. If you’ve seen our Prayer Witnesses and Vigils at crime scenes, you’ve seen a few people. Imagine more people – crowds even – who say “Enough”! We want peace – we will work for peace! This is not going to happen in our neighborhood any more!
If you are not an active member of Frankford Forward, you need to be. The only alternative is when you hear that helicopter above your home, you know something is wrong but it won’t change, it will only get worse if you choose not to act.
The next meeting of Frankford Forward is Monday, January 9, at 6 PM at St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Avenue.
Due to the much colder temperatures, there will not be an outside Prayer Witness and Vigil at this time for all of these victims and for those who shot them.