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Abortion doctor case inflates city's murder tally

Stephanie Farr had a good read in Thursday's Daily News about Pennsylvania's unfortunate No. 2 ranking nationally for black homicide victims. Most of those victims (263) were killed in the city.

Abortion doctor case inflates city's murder tally

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who ran a West Philadelphia clinic, faces murder charges in the deaths of seven babies and a patient. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who ran a West Philadelphia clinic, faces murder charges in the deaths of seven babies and a patient. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

Stephanie Farr had a good read in Thursday's Daily News about Pennsylvania's unfortunate No. 2 ranking nationally for black homicide victims. Most of those victims (263) were killed in the city.

The story correctly reported that the Police Department’s website listed 25 homicides so far for the year, the most by that date since 2007.

Police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers, however, noted Thursday that this year’s number includes the recent determination of eight homicides that Dr. Kermit Gosnell is accused of committing.

Without those victims, who actually died in previous years, the city’s homicide count as of Wednesday was 17, which is tied with 2009 as the lowest since murders spiked in 2007.

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The story itself included this gem of a quote from Chad Dion Lassiter, race professor at the University of Pennsylvania and West Chester University:

"You let three white men die in one given Saturday because of gun violence, there would be an uproar," he said. "But here in Philadelphia, if three black men don't die in one weekend, we wonder what was going on. Was there a sporting event or something happening?

Read more: Pennsylvania 2nd in rate of black homicides

Stu Bykofsky, meanwhile, wrote Thursday about one women's response to the disturbing Gosnell case: Someone steps forward to care for the tiny dead

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