Neighborhoods mourns murdered teen - Philadelpha News

January 21, 2009 8:53:44 PM PST
Family and friends of a murdered Philadelphia teen gathered tonight to remember the young man. They also made emotional pleas for young people to look at the new president as a role model and stop violent behavior. Homicide investigators were back in the neighborhood tonight trying to garner leads in this case. Meanwhile, relatives and others gathered at the scene to pray for the victim, describe as a decent young man.

It has become an all too familiar scene: a neighborhood coming together after the lost of a young person to inexplicable violence. This time, a 17-year-old Dwayne Canty, gunned down Tuesday night in the 2100 block of North Newkirk.

"He wasn't the best son, he got in trouble, but he worked, he went to school and he wasn't what I would call a bad child," Nikisha Ramsey, the victim's mother said.

Police believe Canty was gunned down in an apparent robbery after cashing his check from his job at a fast food restaurant in Montgomery County.

"All I want to know is what happened to my son," Ramsey said.

Sadly, there were many here on the block who could relate to Ramsey's pain.

"The mother's hearts are breaking, you know the children are going away and this is real," Donna Anderson, the victim's aunt, said.

On a day when many here had been celebrating the inauguration of the nation's first African American president, the joy would soon be shattered by a stark reminder of the violence that has consumed a number of loved ones in this neighborhood.

Police say two men were seen running from the scene after the shooting last night.

If anyone has information that may help identify them, you're being asked to call the police.

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