A Philadelphia girl is lifeless after she was shot by her ex-boyfriend as she walked her 5-year-old twin sons dwelling from faculty.
Relations of 24-year-old Sykea Patton advised native information reporters that she was within the technique of getting an order of safety in opposition to Donavan Crawford, 28, who’s at present in jail on fees of homicide and recklessly endangering one other individual, in addition to weapons fees, NBC10 reports.
Patton and her sons had been strolling dwelling in West Philadelphia on Nov. 19 when Crawford started capturing at about 3:11 p.m. Patton was shot within the left chest, left arm, and decrease again, NBC 10 stories. She was rushed to Penn Presbyterian Medical Middle’s trauma unit and pronounced lifeless at 3:44 p.m.
Household and buddies held a candlelight vigil for Patton on Nov. 20, sharing their recollections of her and releasing dozens of purple and white balloons into the sky. Her household is reeling from the tragedy.
“I’m struggling right this moment,” her father, Joseph Patton, advised NBC10 on the vigil. “I misplaced my daughter due to mindless gun violence. She didn’t deserve what occurred to her. No girl deserves that.”
Based on Patton’s grandmother Verna Brown, her youngsters “cherished her.” “She was enjoyable. She didn’t deserve that,” Brown mentioned.
Patton’s homicide comes because the gun violence epidemic in Philadelphia continues. As of the morning of Nov. 23, there have been 497 reported homicides in Philadelphia, up 13 p.c from the identical time final 12 months. 2020 was one of many deadliest on file; Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw mentioned this 12 months will surpass that.
Philadelphia police reported at the very least 240 ladies have been shot in Philadelphia this 12 months, with 61 succumbing to their wounds. One of many newest incidents occurred on Nov. 20 when 32-year-old Jessica Covington was shot a number of occasions within the head and abdomen in Northeast Philadelphia as she was unloading presents from her child bathe from her automobile. She was 7-months-pregnant.
Each Covington and her unborn youngster died. At present, a $50,000 reward is being supplied to anybody who comes ahead with info on the suspect. A suspect was questioned however no official arrest or fees have been filed as of but.
“The gun violence within the metropolis…this has to cease. this has to cease. I’m 60 years previous and so they’re killing ladies and kids,” Joseph Patton mentioned. Every single day right here within the metropolis. There’s no respect and there’s no love for no person no extra. We are able to’t stay like this. As a folks now we have to do higher.”
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