In memoriam project makes homicide victims are more than just statistics

PHILADELPHIA – A new website is being worked to show that murder victims in Philadelphia are more than statistics.

Since the launch in June, The Philadelphia Obituary Project has placed more than 30 in-depth obituaries of people who have died in the city since September last year.

Cletus Lyman, a town with a lawyer who is already more than $10,000 for the funding of the project, says that he wants to “show that we are losing real people.”

He says that the point is “to talk about the life of the people, not the dead. To dignity. To humanize.”

Trina Singleton, the 24-year-old son, Darryl, was one of the three people killed in separate shootings on Sept. 13, 2016.

She says that sharing the story of his life with the obituary project has helped the family to get ahead, “so his life is not summed up by a few gunshots.”

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