PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The death of a young Philadelphia mother has loved ones grieving as officials come to terms with the city’s heart-wrenching homicide rate.
Chaundrah Jones, 24, died early Wednesday morning after a triple shooting in Strawberry Mansion. She and two other women were shot as they drove in separate cars.READ MORE: Phil Murphy Holds Double-Digit Lead Over Challenger Jack Ciattarelli In New Jersey Governor Race, Poll Shows
Jones worked as a bartender at the Tab Bar and Hookah Lounge in the Frankford neighborhood. The business shut down Wednesday to allow friends and coworkers to honor her life.
“It’s a sad situation, it’s sad,” one coworker told CBS3 off-camera.
Jones leaves behind two children. Those who knew her say they were her motivation to work at the bar.
“I believe that’s what she was doing it for, for her kids. For them to have a better life than most people was,” the coworker said.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Ahjaon Jackson Shot, Killed While Coming Home From Work With Twin Sister, Philadelphia Police Say
The two other victims, ages 26 and 32, are in critical condition after the shooting. That same coworker’s cousin is now fighting for her life.
“Right now, my cousin, she just got out of surgery. She’s in a little coma. I guess they put her to sleep so she don’t feel the pain,” he said.
Jones’ death marks the 407th homicide of the year. It’s a statistic that is on the mind of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney all the time, he says.
“Three nights ago when we hit 400, I didn’t sleep the whole evening,” he said. “I looked at the ceiling on my back the entire night and tried to figure out: How do we fix this?”MORE NEWS: Doctor Accused Of Hoarding Dead Kittens In Her Freezer
The city is on track to have a record number of homicides this year.