With 34 homicides, July was the deadliest month of 2015 in Philly
A few weeks back, journalist Jim McMillan pointed out that homicides in Philadelphia were on pace with those of this time last year before July 1st.
The Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) reports 34 confirmed homicides last month, the most of any month this year, which is up 70 percent from July 2014.
July began with a bloody Independence Day weekend that saw 24 gunshot victims within a 48-hour window across the city. There was an average of roughly one gun-related homicide per day for the remainder of the month, with some days seeing two or more.
There were 150 homicides by the end of July, and the tally has gone up to 155 as of this article. Here's a demographic break down of the victims to date: