PHILADELPHIA - September 12, 2011 --Philadelphia police are asking for the public's help after a crime wave of seven homicides over the weekend. "No more killings, no more murders." They are words echoed around Philadelphia amidst the shining lights sprouting across it. They're not glimmers of hope but reminders of the violence plaguing the city. Christopher Lee was one of the victims killed in the weekend's mayhem. "I saw him laying there on the ground and I said get up Chis, get up son. I said I'm here baby, get up," said Linda Lee, his mother. On Sunday alone there were five murders in the city and - in the period from September 5th through September 11th - there were a total of 17 murders.
In many cases, including Lee's, the motive for murder was robbery.
"Preliminary investigation indicates that this decedent was with several males walking down the street when two unknown males came up to them and announced a robbery. [The suspects] went thru their pockets and when the decedent tried to run he was shot and collapsed on scene," said Captain James Clark. The victim's family is still hoping for the killers to be brought to justice. "I know one thing; I trust the Lord that he's going to make sure justice will be served," said Lorraine Sutton, Lee's relative. The spate of violence is taxing detectives. "We had our hands full this weekend with the events dealing with Sept. 11. Nonetheless our officers were very busy. It was very taxing on the homicide unit when you get that many investigations in a short period of time," said Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross. Investigators say that justice may not be swift if they don't get help from the public. "We need some information. We need some help because there were seven people who were killed and there are families that are grieving as a result. So anybody who will call 911 or more specifically call the homicide unit directly will be greatly appreciated," said Deputy Commissioner Ross. Anyone with information can call police at 215.686.TIPS (8477) or submit a tip at the Philadelphia Police website.
With the rash of violence from this weekend, homicides are up 5 percent more than this time last year.