Philly gun violence, Pt. 3: Youth perspectives


Hours after the shooting that wounded Kianna Burns' leg and killed her father, police photograph the crime scene at Mander Recreation Center in Strawberry Mansion, June 27, 2011. (Photo courtesy Joe Kaczmarek/ #GunCrisis: Philadelphia)

Hour 1

In the third part of our summerlong series (links to Part 1 and Part 2) on the intersection of guns and violence in Philadelphia, we hear from some young Philadelphians whose lives have been touched by violence, crime and fear, and who are working to become part of the solution. Joining us in studio is JAMIRA BURLEY, a 23-year-old leader recently appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter as executive director for the Philadelphia Youth Commission, who founded the Overbrook High Panther Peace Core in 2005 after her own brother’s murder; and KIANNA BURNS, who last summer was shot in the leg in the same Strawberry Mansion shooting that killed her father, Nyeme Taylor, and who has worked with the Healing Hurt People program ever since. Healing Hurt People is a program of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at the Drexel University School of Public Health and Department of Emergency Medicine, and operates out of Hahnemann and St. Christopher’s hospitals.

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[audio: 082212_100630.mp3]

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