A Memorial Wall in Philadelphia

  • Jonathan Lohman


The stories follow a familiar pattern, like a recurring nightmare. Each woman begins her tale by showing a photograph. “This is my son….” Next, she reports the final moments of her child’s life in striking detail. “Well, he and this boy got into an argument….” Rarely was the murder a result of a robbery, and rarely was it premeditated. Instead it seems to always result from some kind of “argument,” usually with someone the victim knew, over something that to these mothers must seem so agonizingly trivial — an insult, a joke, or a misplaced look. The mothers tell the story as if they themselves were eyewitnesses to the event, including what, precisely, was said before the trigger was pulled. They freeze those last seconds as if casing the scene for some trace of reason.


Drug Dealer Neighborhood Resident Innocent Victim Dead Person Dead People 
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