A Philadelphia lady is useless after she was shot by her ex-boyfriend as she walked her 5-year-old twin sons residence from college.
Members of the family of 24-year-old Sykea Patton advised native information reporters that she was within the technique of getting an order of safety towards Donavan Crawford, 28, who’s at the moment in jail on costs of homicide and recklessly endangering one other individual, in addition to weapons costs, NBC10 reports.
Patton and her sons had been strolling residence in West Philadelphia on Nov. 19 when Crawford started taking pictures 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 Heart’s trauma unit and pronounced useless at 3:44 p.m.
Household and associates held a candlelight vigil for Patton on Nov. 20, sharing their reminiscences of her and releasing dozens of purple and white balloons into the sky. Her household is reeling from the tragedy.
“I’m struggling at present,” 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 lady deserves that.”
In keeping with Patton’s grandmother Verna Brown, her kids “liked 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 % from the identical time final yr. 2020 was one of many deadliest on report; Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw mentioned this yr will surpass that.
Philadelphia police reported at the least 240 girls have been shot in Philadelphia this yr, 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 instances within the head and abdomen in Northeast Philadelphia as she was unloading items from her child bathe from her automotive. She was 7-months-pregnant.
Each Covington and her unborn baby died. At the moment, a $50,000 reward is being supplied to anybody who comes ahead with data on the suspect. A suspect was questioned however no official arrest or costs have been filed as of but.
“The gun violence within the metropolis…this has to cease. You realize this has to cease. I’m 60 years previous and so they’re killing girls and kids,” Joseph Patton mentioned. Day-after-day right here within the metropolis. There’s no respect and there’s no love for no person no extra. We will’t dwell like this. As a folks now we have to do higher.”
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