PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia is on pace to surpass 2020’s staggering homicide total. As of Friday night, there have been at least 413 homicides in the city, which is a 20% increase from this time last year.
“It makes my heartbreak and you think about the families, the heartbreak, the impact,” Marla Davis Bellamy, the director of Ceasefire Philadelphia said.READ MORE: 4 Shot Inside Park City Center Mall, Lancaster Police Say
Crime in the city is taking a toll on Philadelphians as another day brings another victim and a grieving family.
On Friday, Terrence Shedrick, 43, was added to a growing list of homicides. The father of six was shot and killed in a double shooting outside of a bar on Island Avenue and Elmwood in Southwest Philadelphia around 3 p.m. during happy hour.
Shedrick’s wife joins families grieving victims of gun violence like the family of Nazeem Wiseman, an 18-year-old who was killed Thursday during a drive-by triple shooting on Lehigh Avenue and 16th Street. The shooting also injured a 12-year-old girl.
“Many of our community organizations and residents are under the impression that the city is going to solve this issue for us I believe,” Bellamy said.”READ MORE: 'Everyone Was In Pure Panic': Good Samaritans Rush To Shooting Victims' Aid At Park City Center Mall
Ceasefire Philadelphia is a group that treats gun violence as a public health issue.
“What we do is actually recruit high-risk young people who in particular are 25 and younger who are deeply engaged in high-risk activity and very similar to someone who’s an alcoholic who has a sponsor,” Bellamy said.
Bellamy says fighting crime in the city takes a significant amount of money and resources that organizations like hers are not receiving. She’s fearful Philadelphia will hit the grim milestone of record homicides.
“Unfortunately, I just don’t think that we have really been able to grab a hold of what’s happening,” Bellamy says.
No arrests have been made in any of the shootings over the past 24 hours. There is a $20,000 reward on all homicides cases for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.MORE NEWS: Man In Critical Condition After Fairhill Shooting, Police Say
For a list of gun violence resources in Philadelphia, click here.