Julie Adams has nothing to say to the person responsible for the slaying of her 17-year-old cousin Kyree Young.
Instead, she hopes for peace.
"We just need an end to this violence," Adams said. "We need to stop these senseless killings."
Young, of Saybrook Avenue near Vodges Street, Southwest Philadelphia, was walking home from a grocery-store job with a friend when he was shot and killed about 1 a.m. yesterday, according to Homicide Capt. James. Clark.
"It looks like an attempted robbery gone bad," Clark said of the motive for the shooting.
Young's 21-year-old friend was shot in the shoulder and survived, Clark said.
Young was one of three homicide victims killed Monday night and yesterday morning, according to police.
Police were first called to 21st street near Wilder, in Point Breeze, at about 10:15 p.m. Monday over a report of gunshots.
When they arrived, they found Rasheed Rose, 36, of Cross Street near Point Breeze Avenue, lying in front of the New Hot Spot Bar, police said.
He was pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania about 15 minutes later, police said.
Police were questioning a man, but no charges were filed as of yesterday, Clark said.
Police also are investigating the shooting death of Gilberto Velazquez, 20, at about 2:30 a.m. yesterday, on Harold Street near Marshall, in North Philadelphia.
Velazquez, who was shot once in the head and once in the left side, was pronounced dead at the scene at about 3 a.m., police said.
Back in Southwest Philadelphia at Young's home, his cousins lamented the loss of a young member of their family.
Young, a senior at John Bartram High School, in Southwest Philadelphia, was considering colleges, his family said.
"He was looking forward to graduating and his mother was looking forward to seeing her son graduate," said Tameekah Allen, another of Young's cousins.
"Now her child is gone." *