National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

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Today, murder victims’ family members and communities all over the United States will be remembering those lost to homicide. Designated in 2007, the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims is a day for families, friends, and communities to honor those they have lost to homicide. The day also serves as an effort to bring awareness to the effects of homicide on communities and how we can best support murder victims’ families, loved ones, friends, and communities grappling with murders.

 

In Philadelphia, as of 11:59 September 24th, 222 people have been murdered. These murders do not happen in a vacuum, each of those 222 people have parents, families, loved ones, and communities. Their deaths impact thousands of people, those people need our support.

 

On Thursday September 21st, Philadelphia City Council declared gun violence a public health epidemic. This resolution is a symbolic gesture and can have a wonderful effect if the city government officials, together with the citizens of Philadelphia, discuss ways of ending violence in our city, healing those suffering from the loss, and focus on justice for victims.

 

If you, or someone you know, are struggling with the loss of a loved to homicide, here are some organizations in Philadelphia that provide support services.

 

City of Philadelphia Victims Services of the District Attorney’s Office

 

Families of Murder Victims

(part of the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia)

(215) 686-8033

 

Center City Crime Victims Services

 

Congresso

(215)763-8870

 

Concilio 

Serving the 24th, 25th, and 26th Police Districts

(215)267-3100

 

Northeast Victim Services

Serving the 2nd, 7th, 8th, and 15th Police Districts

(215)332-3888

 

North Central Victim Services

Serving the 22nd Police District

(215)763-3280

 

Northwest Victim Services

Serving the 5th, 14th, 35th, and 39th Police Districts

(215)438-4410

 

South Victim Services

Serving the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 17th Police Districts

(215)551-3360

 

West-Southwest

Serving the 12th, 16th, 18th, and 19th Police Districts

(215)386-5757

 

 

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