400 homicides: Philly reaches grim milestone on national day to remember victims

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia has now had 400 homicides in 2021, the earliest on record the city has reached that many victims in a given year. As the gun violence crisis continues in Philadelphia, the city reached the milestone on a day meant to remember the victims of homicide.

The victims have been fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. 34 of the victims are children or teens — and about 50 are women.

Most of the killings were shootings. Police say the ones they’ve solved so far have been motivated mostly by fights or arguments. They point to drugs as the second reason.