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On the front lines of Philly's war on murder
On the front lines of Philly's war on murder

Philadelphia's murder problem is decades in the making, stemming from a lack of opportunities for young people, a dangerous drug market, the proliferation of cheap guns and a culture of feuding and retaliation.

This is murder in Philly by the numbers: Eighty-three percent of alleged perpetrators in 2012 were black, as were 80 percent of the victims. Eight in 10 murder victims were felled by gunfire. Last year, the most popular firearm model was a 9 mm handgun. Most perpetrators and most victims had one or more prior arrests; a good deal had many. And murders were concentrated in black neighborhoods where poverty is high and jobs are few.

Read Daniel Denvir's full story on CityPaper

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On the front lines of Philly's war on murder

Philadelphia's murder problem is decades in the making, stemming from a lack of opportunities for young people, a dangerous drug market, the proliferation of cheap guns and a culture of feuding and retaliation.

This is murder in Philly by the numbers: Eighty-three percent of alleged perpetrators in 2012 were black, as were 80 percent of the victims. Eight in 10 murder victims were felled by gunfire. Last year, the most popular firearm model was a 9 mm handgun. Most perpetrators and most victims had one or more prior arrests; a good deal had many. And murders were concentrated in black neighborhoods where poverty is high and jobs are few.

Read Daniel Denvir's full story on CityPaper

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