“by age 7, three-quarters had heard gunshots”

A gunfight that took place over two city blocks ended up across a Philadelphia school yard. Children had to run for their lives. 10-year-old Faheem Thomas-Childs (Philadelphia Inquirer) was critically wounded by one of the many stray shots (Philadelphia Inquirer) that could have took the lives of many. A $65,000 reward is being offered in connection with the arrest of these bastards.

Philadelphia can be a hostile place for children (Philadelphia Inquirer). Last Saturday an 8 year old girl was raped and beaten in a public library (Philadelphia Inquirer). That criminal was arrested on Monday.

I’ve heard one too many gunshots ringing out in the middle night myself. Yesterday hundreds bravely stood together against the violence and in support of Faheem, his family, and for others. Please, if you have information, come forward.

All my prayers to Faheem, his family, and the 8 year old girl and her family.