'I lost my baby': Family speaks out after teen fatally shot in Fairmount Park; 4 others injured

Police were proactively dispersing several crowds when they heard gunshots in the area of Fairmount Park

Saturday, June 15, 2024
Police: 5 teens shot after several crowds gather in Fairmount Park
Police: 5 teens shot after several crowds gather in Fairmount Park

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Five teens were shot and one was killed after several pop-up gatherings took place in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia Friday night.

The shooting happened shortly before 11 p.m. on the 2400 block of Greenland Drive near the Woodford Mansion.

Authorities say they were in the area of 33rd Street and Ridge Avenue after receiving several reports of juveniles and young adults gathering in impromptu, pop-up parties.

Police were proactively dispersing several crowds when they heard gunshots in the area of Fairmount Park, officers say.

They quickly responded and found that two teens had been shot.

Both of those teens, a 17-year-old female and an 18-year-old female, were taken to Temple University Hospital by police.

Unfortunately, the 17-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later. The 18-year-old is in stable condition.

Later, police found that three other victims were shot. Those victims include a 14-year-old male and two 15-year-old males.

They are all listed in stable condition at this time.

Police worked through the night investigating the large crime scene. There have been no arrests or suspects found.

Action News spoke with the family of the teen who was fatally shot on Saturday. They are devastated and searching for answers.

"I love her so much and I'm going to miss her. I just pray to God that they catch whoever did this to her," said Tanya Williams, the victim's aunt.

The family identified the victim as Isya Stanley. Now, they're seeking justice as they come to terms with the sudden loss.

"Y'all took my only daughter. Man, I couldn't even kiss my daughter, I couldn't touch her. I couldn't touch her," said Iself Stanley.

17-year-old Isya Stanley
17-year-old Isya Stanley

The victim's grandmother is fed up with gun violence throughout the city.

"Gun violence out here in Philadelphia took my baby," said grandmother Mary Williams.

Williams says her granddaughter just graduated from high school with honors and was on her way to college to study business.

"I'm just so shocked that I lost my baby. She came a long way. She had a great life in front of her," said Regina Jones Stanley, the victim's mother.

Family members are pleading for the shooter to come forward.

"I'm so hurt that this had to happen, but I hope whoever did it comes to the light," said Regina Jones Stanley.

As for Stanley's family, instead of planning for the future, they find themselves planning for a funeral.

"Now me, as a grandmom and as a mother, have to bury my baby. My first-born grandbaby," said Williams

"I was just with her I was hugging her yesterday," she added. "Gave me a hug, ran to my car, said I love you. She just gave me kisses and kisses on my cheek. I would never get no more of those."

The Philadelphia Police Homicide Unit is investigating this incident.

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