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Today is National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

Helen Ubiñas, STAFF COLUMNIST

Updated: Monday, September 25, 2017, 11:17 AM

Relatives and friends of the victims of gun violence stand on the Art Museum steps on June 15, 2017. CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer

Today is National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.

All over the country, people are gathering to honor those killed and their families.

Here in Philadelphia, the National Homicide Justice Alliance is partnering with the Philadelphia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for a gathering on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum at 6 p.m.

So far this year, there have been 222 people killed in Philadelphia. Many of those homicides remain unsolved.

The impact goes beyond shattered families. A whole city is struggling to deal with an epidemic of violence.

Here are the stories of just some of those victims:

Samir Fortune

Alejandro “Alex” Rojas-Garcia

Adam Hammer

Raymond Pantoja

Jayvon Mitchell-Pendleton

Justin Reyes

James Walke III

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Helen Ubiñas, STAFF COLUMNIST

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