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 — 463 — 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 44 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 residents463