The Impact of Gun Violence in Philadelphia

Kevin Cook, a photographer and grad student at the University of Missouri who grew up in the Philadelphia area, created a project, documenting the impact of gun violence in the city through photos. Take a look at his pictures and the stories behind them.

To view more of Kevin's work, check out his official website and Instagram page.

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Kevin Cook
Kevin Cook, a photographer and grad student at the University of Missouri who grew up in the Philadelphia area, created a project, documenting the impact of gun violence in the city through photos. Take a look at his pictures and the stories behind them.

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To view more of Kevin's work, check out his official website and Instagram page.

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Kevin Cook
Kevin Cook, a photographer and grad student at the University of Missouri who grew up in the Philadelphia area, created a project, documenting the impact of gun violence in the city through photos. Take a look at his pictures and the stories behind them.

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To view more of Kevin's work, check out his official website and Instagram page. All photos by Kevin Cook

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Delinquent properties are scattered throughout Philadelphia, and they collectively owe nearly $500 million in taxes.
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Kapus' father died of AIDS when he was 12. Six months later his family house burned down. Kapus, a life long North Philadelphian is now 37. "Some days I thought the only way out was homicide or suicide. But I'm alive and well." He was shot several times during an altercation, but survived. He is currently writing his autobiography, "Love changes, thug changes and best friends become strangers."
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Philadelphia's 22nd district which serves areas of North Philadelphia is the city's most dangerous. The crime rate and homicide rate is the highest in the city. Furthermore, Nearly one in four Philadelphians live below the federal poverty line, 42.35% of those residing in the 22nd Police District are poor.
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A drumline practices along W Susquehanna Ave on July 10, 2014. The Philadelphia School District has suffered major budget cuts including music and arts departments. Budget cuts have left the school district $748 million short of needed funds. As of 2013 one out of four schools did not have a full-time music teacher.
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Members of the Northeast Vikings High School football team prepare to play the Father Judge Crusaders. Northeast high school students comes from very diverse racial, economic, and cultural backgrounds.
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Neighbors look on as police investigate a shooting near Temple University in North Philadelphia. A 20-year-old man was listed in stable condition at Temple University Hospital after he was shot twice around 10:30 p.m, May 29, 2014
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Police investigate the scene of a fatal shooting Tuesday in Southwest Philadelphia, June 10, 2014.
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A man was shot around 11pm by Toronto St. in North Philadelphia, June 1, 2014.
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The cemetery plot for Tyrek Connor after his funeral in Philadelphia, June 2014. Connor, 25, who had no police record, was shot to death in the back seat of his car with his pants down. "When is enough, enough?" asked Rev. Walter Barnes. "How many families have to go through this?" Tyrek left behind his 3-year-old daughter Imani.
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A man held onto his daughter following a shooting in Philadelphia, June 10, 2014. A 26-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene by medics after he was shot on North 45th Street near Parrish Street in the West Powelton section of West Philadelphia.
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A 44-year-old man was listed in stable condition at Temple University Hospital after he was shot in both legs on Clifford Street, near 24th Street and Ridge Avenue in North Philadelphia, Tuesday, June 10, 2014.
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Philadelphia's 22nd district which serves areas of North Philadelphia is the city's most dangerous. The crime rate and homicide rate is the highest in the city. Furthermore, Nearly one in four Philadelphians live below the federal poverty line, 42.35% of those residing in the 22nd Police District are poor.
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"There are good days and bad days," said Kammie who lost her son Larry ten years ago. Larry was shot by three different gunman several days after his mother's birthday. Although she got justice for her son, "nothing, nothing can bring him back."
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A family walks down West Susquehanna Ave in North Philadephia by Temple University, May 20, 2014.
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Nate works out at a gym in his house in Philadelphia. A North Philadelphia native, he lost his left leg after a gunfight over a drug deal gone bad. After his shooting he fell into a deep depression. At times his depression is so bad he won't leave the house for days, weeks. He works out several times a day as a way to battle the depression. "It gives me a natural high," he said about working out.
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A Police Officer walks down E. Atlantic Street near Frankford Avenue in the Kensington section of Philadelphia on July 4, 2014, after two teens were wounded by gunfire.
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Children in Southwest Philadelphia wait for ice cream during the Stop the Violence Block Party. "They say the good die young -- they took the best," rapped K-Dot during his performance.
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Families and friends of Troy K. Smith Jr., 23, of East Mount Airy, Philadelphia mourn at the location he was killed at in Southwest Philadelphia. "I never thought anything like this [could happen] before," said his mother, Renee Whitmore. Smith was her first-born child and only son.
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"There are good days and bad days," said Kammie who lost her son Larry ten years ago. Larry was shot by three different gunman several days after his mother's birthday. Although she got justice for her son, "nothing, nothing can bring him back."
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Black is a member of Front Line Soldiers, a rap band from Strawberry Mansion, a neighborhood location in North Philly.
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Teddy bears and candles lied at 10th and York Sts. in North Philadelphia following a vigil for a young man who was shot and killed.
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Crime scene investigators gather evidence at the crime scene after a man was shot to death in the Frankford section of Philadelphia, July 7, 2014
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Family and friends of John Allen Berry Jr. mourn his loss during this funeral on July 9, 2014. Berry, 24, who had no police record, was fatally shot while driving in the 3700 block of Germantown Avenue, July 2014.
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Terry of North Philly was shot five times over a drug deal gone bad. He had open heart surgery and fully recovered. He now does community outreach in Philadelphia's most violent neighborhoods.
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A 22-year-old man was in stable condition at Episcopal Hospital after he was shot once in his left leg on W. Huntingdon Street in North Philadelphia, May 29, 2014.
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The HEAVY Basketball League in North Philadelphia was created to keep children and teens busy during the summer and off the streets. The league is located in the city's 22nd district. In some parts of the district, more than 50% of the residents live in poverty.
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Families and friends of "Buruco" wear a t-shirt in remembrance of him after an anti-violence rally in Philadelphia.
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People mourn the loss of siblings Keiearra Williams, 15; Thomas Joseph Reed, 10; and Terrence Williams, 7 on July 26, 2014. The three were killed after carjackers lost control of a vehicle along Germantown Avenue.
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Members of the Cox family mourn the loss of Terrance "Bird" Cox. Bird, 25, who had no police record, was shot and killed by a Chinese takeout down the street from his house in North Philadelphia. Police described the murder as an "execution-style" ambush. "You know it's us today, but tomorrow it could be any of y'all," Terrance "Bird" Cox's father, Keith Lyons, told nearly 1,000 people at the vigil for his son.
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A T-shirt vigil in Northeast Philadelphia had the names of the 203 vicitim's of gun violence in Philadelphia in 2013. Over the last 25 years, at least one person is murdered every day in Philadelphia, and more than 75% of those victims were killed with a gun.
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The eulogy is delivered for Terrance "Bird" Cox in North Philadelphia. Cox, 25, dreamed of becoming a basketball player.
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A Mural was painted in honor of Malik, "BulletHead," who was shot and killed by his home at 11th and York in Philadelphia's 22nd Police District, August 2014.
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