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 — 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)
44 homicides
32 homicides
34 homicides
59 homicides
68 homicides
52 homicides
39 homicides
35 homicides
56 homicides
44 homicides
Total homicides
58 homicides per 100,000 residents463
2016: Homicides in Camden
Arrest made
Graphics and presentation by JARED WHALEN / Staff