Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The City of Brotherly Love....

The following is a story describing what a city has become with nothing but Democrats running it for the last 50 years. The last few years have been the worse, under the Street administration.

Woman shot to death at home. Wheelchair-bound grandmother, 37, was city's 355th homicide
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Friends and family gathered in a soaking rain yesterday outside a North Philadelphia home, devastated by the grisly scene inside.

Cops said that shortly after 1 p.m., Monica Smith, 37, who used a wheelchair because one leg was amputated, was found shot to death in her first-floor apartment on 22nd Street near Norris.
"She died of an apparent gunshot wound to the torso," said Homicide Lt. Phillip Riehl.

She was the 355th homicide of the year in this blood-soaked city.

Her sister Debbie stood outside, overcome with grief over the senseless slaying.

She said a cousin found Smith slain.

"He said that the trail of blood started from the front door and went all the way to her wheelchair," she said.

Smith said that her sister, a mother of a son, Malik, 22, and a new grandmother, was independent.

"She was a strong-willed woman who always went after anything and everything she wanted," Smith said. "Her independence was shown by her living here by herself and getting around like she did.

"I am completely numb right now. I'm just not here."

As family members gathered around the front door, desperate for answers and forbidden access to Smith's house by police, a family friend stood quietly by, her tears mixing with the rain.

"I just don't know how someone could have hurt her like that," said the woman, who asked that her name not be used. "She wasn't just a friend, she was like my sister."

Smith's slaying came on the heels of another bloody weekend of gun violence in the city.

• Two 20-year-old men, identified as Brian Brennan and David Hunsinger, were wounded on Wyndale Avenue near 56th Street shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday.

They were walking home from a party early Sunday with another friend, according to Capt. Michael Sinclair of Southwest Detectives. All three are college students, one at St. Joseph's University.

"They [the perpetrators] asked the college students if they wanted to buy drugs, which is unfortunately a ruse to see if the victims have any money on them," Sinclair said.

"They said no, and that's when the men told them to give them everything they had."

Sinclair said that they are looking for three men in the shooting.

• A shooting early Sunday on Nicholas Street near 23rd in North Philadelphia critically wounded Tamar Bouwie, 25. He is in Temple University Hospital, police said.

Another Sunday shooting, this on Gilham Street near Frontenac in Northeast Philadelphia at about 7 a.m., left Isaiah Anderson, 20, in stable condition at Frankford Hospital-Torresdale, police said.

Another gun-violence crime on Sunday shortly after 3 p.m. left Kevin Hall shot in the lower back on 15th Street near Market.

Police are still looking for the shooters in all three of the incidents.

• Cops also identified Isaiah Martin, 20, as the gunman who was shot by a barber as he tried to rob the Jazz U Up Barbershop on 21st Street near Morris on Saturday night. "He will be charged with robbery and weapons violations," said Officer Yolanda Dawkins, a police spokeswoman.

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