Photo illustration by Jared Whalen.
What happens after a murder?
The crime is only the beginning. Nine people in Camden tell their stories.

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.

 
Homicides in Camden (2007 - present)
2016
45 homicides
 
2015
32 homicides
 
2014
34 homicides
 
2013
59 homicides
 
2012
68 homicides
 
2011
52 homicides
 
2010
39 homicides
 
2009
35 homicides
 
2008
56 homicides
 
2007
44 homicides
 
Total homicides
58 homicides per 100,000 residents464
 
2016: Homicides in Camden
 
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Graphics and presentation by JARED WHALEN / Staff
 

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