PHILADELPHIA – City leaders and community members called an emergency meeting at the Christy Rec Center Saturday to address the latest surge in deadly shootings against Philadelphia’s youth. Cries for serious change echoed from Philadelphia Police and District Attorney Larry Krasner, to community partners and concerned neighbors. They mourned the loss of young lives and pledged “not one more.” “The loss of Kahree Simmons is painful and traumatic for his family,” Philadelphia Councilwoman Jamie Gauthier said. nvestigators said 16-year-old Kahree Simmons was shot and killed Thursday while playing basketball with two 15-year-olds at the Christy Rec Center when a group of people fired at least 45 shots at the teens. Simmons died at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, the two other victims are expected to recover.
“These are kids that are in school. These are kids that have jobs and bright futures ahead of them and their lives are being canceled. For what?!” state representative Joanna McClinton said. On Friday a 17-year-old was shot and killed outside a rec center in Kingsessing. And on Thursday afternoon, 17-year-old Tamir Brown was killed in a quadruple shooting in Overbrook that also claimed the life of a 24-year-old. [full article]