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And the charges in Fanta Bility’s death, explained

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Good morning, everyone. Am excited to be back with you on what’s expected to be a cloudy Monday with temperatures in the 50s and some rain.

We start the week with a story of hope coming from the despair of the city’s gun violence epidemic. Today’s top story looks at the children left in its wake and the advocate who, through the pain of her own loss and that of her granddaughter, has done something amazing for those children.

Also, in the aftermath of the Delco police shooting of 8-year-old Fanta Bility, we explore the legal rationale for charging two teens with first-degree murder — despite it being the cops who struck Fanta and others in a barrage of gunfire.

— Kerith Gabriel (@sprtswtr,

In 2009, after her daughter was fatally shot, Terrez McCleary put her own grief on the back burner to be a rock for her granddaughter, Ghazalah Washington. To support and advocate for victims of gun violence and their families, McCleary founded Moms Bonded by Grief, a group that’s in the ear of public officials, participating in protests and establishing scholarships.

But McCleary wanted to do more. She wanted to get children like her granddaughter away from the concrete confines of the city. So she took 50 kids on a field trip — and our metro columnist Helen Ubiñas was invited to join.

Through Ubiñas, the images of photographer Jessica Griffin, and video from Raishad Hardnett, Astrid Rodrigues, Lauren Schneiderman, and Kristen Balderas, we bring you a a remarkable story of shared experiences, inspiration, and hope.

What you should know today

  1. If you order from Gopuff tomorrow, you might have to wait a day before the goods show up at your door.

  2. Mayor Jim Kenney has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible for the Northeast Philly slaying of a pregnant woman and her unborn child.

  3. The Eagles have almost clawed back to the .500-mark following a 40-29 win over the Saints.

  4. As the holiday shopping season ramps up, Philly small-business owners tell us how they’re dealing with supply chain bottlenecks.

  5. The 20th annual Kennel Club of Philadelphia dog show returned over the weekend and it didn’t disappoint.

  6. Speaking of pandemic returns, did you run in the Philly Marathon? Our photographers captured some great images from the two-day event.

  7. All city workers must be vaccinated by Jan. 14, or else.

  8. Local coronavirus numbers: Here’s your daily look at the latest COVID-19 data.

When two teenage boys were charged with first-degree murder in the police shooting of 8-year-old Fanta Bility, many people were left confused. Police fired the deadly shot, but no officers have been charged.

The Delaware County District Attorney’s office is relying on a legal concept called “transferred intent,” saying the teens’ actions directly led to Fanta’s death. The police, prosecutors said, were firing at a vehicle they believed was connected to a shooting between the two teenagers. The officers were mistaken — the car was not involved — and one of their bullets flew past the car and killed Fanta.

Still, questions remain...

  1. Why the first-degree murder charges?

  2. What’s going to happen to the officers?

  3. And, when has “transferred intent” been used before?

Reporter Vinny Vella explains the case and the charges.

🧠 Philly Trivia Time 🧠

Community fridges have been popping up all over Philly to fight food insecurity. Today’s question: Do you know how many community refrigerators there are across the city? Take a guess and then get the answer from this article, which also explains how you can get one for your neighborhood.

Photo of the day

I know today is a heavy news Monday, but there’s plenty to be positive about. For example, I’m still on Cloud 9 after watching Saturday’s Union playoff game. If you don’t know — or do know and would like to relive it — I leave you with this.

Enjoy your Monday. 💪