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Dozens in Phila. protest purse snatchings

Speakers included Stephanie Long, whose daughter Amber was killed during a theft.
Speakers included Stephanie Long, whose daughter Amber was killed during a theft.
Speakers included Stephanie Long, whose daughter Amber was killed during a theft. Gallery: Dozens in Phila. protest purse snatchings

PHILADELPHIA Dozens attended a Saturday rally to protest several recent purse snatchings that have ended in shootings. Organized by Handbags 4 Peace, a community movement begun after the shooting death of a West Philadelphia woman this month, the rally featured several speakers, including Stephanie Long, mother of Amber Long, who was killed in a Northern Liberties purse snatching in January.

Speaking to the crowd, Long said women could take precautions when walking at night but could also "go after the roots of this thing."

"We can reach out to the children on the streets," she said, according to a transcript posted on Handbags 4 Peace's Facebook page. "It doesn't matter if they're yours. How they grow up affects all of us."

Speakers included Darisha Miller of the Black Public Relations Society of Philadelphia; Tyema Sanchez, the rally's organizer; and Michelle Martin, owner of the Urban Youth Racing School, which is across the street from the spot where Amber Long was shot. - Aubrey Whelan

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