Philadelphia House Delegation regrets fatal shooting of man canvassing for the city’s primary election
PHILADELPHIA, May 9 – The Philadelphia House Delegation today expressed their condolences to the family grieving the loss of a loved one after one man opened fire at another while both men were canvassing for the city’s upcoming primary election.
Philadelphia House Delegation Chair Morgan Cephas described the incident as a senseless loss and said that the shooting is also a sad reminder of the ongoing gun violence crisis impacting the city.
“We don’t know yet what led up to this tragedy. Further details on this have not been released, but we do know that a family is mourning one of their own,” Cephas said.
“We do know that someone lost their life due to gun violence in our city and it is heartbreaking. As of today, there have been 142 homicides in our city this year. This needs to stop,” Cephas added.
Rep. Danilo Burgos, vice chair of the delegation, indicated that the institution urges the community to be part of a collective effort to spread awareness and combat gun violence.
“My heart goes out to the victim’s family; I extend my condolences during this difficult time. As a community we must focus on prevention measures and bold regulations. Our delegation is determined to improve public safety and protect our families because our families deserve better, we need peace,” Burgos said.
Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, delegation treasurer, shared thoughts of sympathy for the victim’s family.
“I know that the hole that you feel in your heart after losing a loved one never fully heals. My sincere prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased, as they navigate this new normal and the immeasurable pain of this tragic loss.”