All too often in Philadelphia, the news is filled with bloody details from the latest homicide, and another one comes so quickly that the previous one falls off the radar. Because the media is often ill-equipped to dive deeper than the murder itself, much of the general public blames the victims or assumes they must have been criminals. The vast majority were not violent criminals, and regardless of their background, homicide victims are always people, with lives, families, dreams and struggles.
The Philadelphia Obituary Project was founded in 2016 with the intention of flipping the dynamic by putting the lives of homicide victims front and center. We endeavor to shed light on the people - treating them as more than statistics - and the families that have lost loved ones to preventable tragedies.