The moment someone dies is only the beginning of a murder. The deeper story unfolds when nobody’s watching.
A mother cries as a jury acquits her son’s alleged killer. “Who am I suppose to forgive?” she later asks. A young man convicted of murder calls his mother from prison to tell her he’s studying calculus. A detective attends the quinceanera of a girl he met while building the case against an intruder who slashed her throat on her 12th birthday and killed her 6-year-old brother.
More people have been murdered in Camden in the last decade — 464 — than graduated from the city's high schools this year.
Think about that. Let it sink in.
Then stop thinking of it as a number.
Imagine if this happened to your family or friends. How would your life change?
That's the story we're telling here. The forgotten story. The aftermath.
58 homicides per 100,000 residents464