Posted on February 12, 2021

Philadelphia Homicides Up 55% So Far in 2021

Fox 29, February 9, 2021

Philadelphia homicides in 2021 are already outpacing a violent 2020 that saw a total of 499 by the time the year was done.

Seven people lost their lives in shootings Monday, including a 15-year-old boy who was shot and killed in South Philadelphia.

As of 11:59 p.m. Monday, the Philadelphia Police Department had reported 62 homicides in Philadelphia in the year 2021. That’s up 55% over the same date in 2021, according to the department’s website.

While 2020 became one of Philadelphia’s deadliest years in decades, the city didn’t reach 60 murders until Feb. 28 of last year.

In addition to the teenage boy, police say a woman was also shot to death in Olney, while two men were found dead inside a home in Kensington.

A 54-year-old female supervisor at the United Peers Recovery Center in East Falls was found shot to death in her office on Monday. Police announced Tuesday that a suspect was in custody in the incident and charges are pending.