PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - There is a shooting in Philadelphia almost every day. As summer comes to a close, it seems the victims and the shooters are both getting younger.
As of Thursday, 138 teenagers have been shot in Philadelphia.
One of the more recent shootings claimed the life of Kristian Marche, a local track star who was heading to Penn State on a track and field scholarship.
This week, Kristian should have been starting his track career in Happy Valley. Instead, he was gunned down in the City of Brotherly Love last week, dying on the day he was supposed to leave for school.
A 15-year-old and a 16-year-old are now charged in his murder.
On Monday, police say a 14-year-old shot his 15-year-old friend in the chest at a playground. Tuesday morning, a 14-year-old was shot in the face while riding his bike.
Gun violence and the impact it has on the city’s youth isn’t a problem that can be solved by the police alone says Philadelphia police Commissioner Richard Ross.
However, there are people out there looking to make a difference. Two of those people are Marcus Allen, the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, and Jackson Duncan, the founder of Focused Athletics.
Allen and Duncan appeared on Good Day Philadelphia to talk about some of the reasons for the violence, and what they’re doing to help stop it. You can watch more in the video above.