23 Year Old Teacher-to-Be Shot in Philly

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  1. MacFan782040 macrumors 6502a

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    http://www.philly.com/inquirer/home_top_stories/20080616_Aspiring_teacher_killed_in_robbery.html

    Sad story. Philly is getting worse and worse...Sad because I like the city too.
     
  2. VideoFreek macrumors 6502

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    Some depressing statistics here courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Dept. In addition to 350-400 homicides, Philly is home to 1,000 rapes, 10,000 robberies, and 10,000 aggravated assaults each year.
     
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Judging from the Philly depicted on the Fresh Prince of Belair, I figured Philly's bad areas were like the Disneyland of gangster-dom.


    Anyway, it seems this teacher just had really bad luck. The neighbourhood sounds like a safe enough place.
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    the title is misleading. i thought it was about a teacher getting executed in the near future.....which would be appalling

    what a sad story though:(
     
  5. David G. macrumors 6502a

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    I thought the exact same thing, on both counts.
     
  6. pianos101 macrumors regular

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    Horrible story. But living in Philly (well about 20 min west) you get so immune to all of this stuff. Philly sucks. I hate the fact that i can turn a street corner and have to turn around because i fear for my safety. Granted i moved here after living in boston for 5 years, but still; philly is disgusting imho. The only worse city is camden, accross the river, where my cousin works. Thank god he works right off the highway and doesn't have to travel any of the "local" camden streets...

    Still terrible... And as for the post title, it is grammatically correct. A teacher-to-be was shot. If the title was "teacher to be shot" then that would make no sense. "Teacher-to-be" is itself a noun (because of the hyphens).
     
  7. Antares macrumors 68000

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    Same here. The title is grammatically correct but it is very easy to read that the teacher "is about to be shout in the near future." Anyway, sad story....
     
  8. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    It really isn't any worse than any other major city in the US. As of 2007 it ranked the 21th most dangerous city on the US. Yes, this story is disgusting and the event should not have happened, but its more of a 'generic large US city' problem, than a specific Philly problem.

    http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0921299.html
     
  9. MacFan782040 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry for the misleading title.

    I had no idea that cities such as Orlando, Oakland, Mempis come before Philly on the dangerous scale. :eek:
     
  10. lag1090 macrumors 6502

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    Most people have the notion that Camden is absolutely horrible in regards to crime. While the statistics support this, you can easily make your way through Camden without any negative consequences (except for getting stuck in traffic, of course).

    I'm about ten minutes south of Camden, and it seems like many of the city's people of questionable character decide to spend most of their time down here. My home is also ~10 minutes from the Ben Franklin Bridge, so I often find myself in Philly. From my experience, Philly has just been one of the most prone to producing headaches while visiting.

    I guess it just all boils down to experience and as another poster suggested earlier, luck.
     
  11. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Crime is everywhere, but all things considering I was debating on a solo trip to Philly this July and you can bet that's out of the question!
     
  12. nizz macrumors regular

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    I live right in the center of where most of the homicides occur between north philly and germantown and you never become immune to it. I almost stabbed someone for walking up to me awkwardly at night a while ago, true story.
     
  13. MacFan782040 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Concealed weapon permit? If I was living there, I would...:rolleyes:
     
  14. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Solo trips to any big city are usually bad ideas, IMO. But a lot of times it depends on what section of the city you are going to.
     
  15. Pooba macrumors newbie

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    He was robbed for his ipod and shot in the neck. I work in this dump of a city.
     
  16. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    A woman would get a cab provided by her employer, would she not???

    This is reverse discrimination at it's worst.
     
  17. Jschultz macrumors 6502a

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    Is the neighborhood he got shot in really crappy?

    If so, he should have known that.

    I am saddened by a life lost, but it is important to know your neighborhood and surroundings REALLY well when you live in a big city. I can tell you almost block by block where to be and not to be in Chicago, and this kid should have done the same for Philly.

    I am surprised that Chicago isn't on that list. While most of the city is pretty good, we've got some places that make Baghdad seem nice.
     
  18. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Well firstly, it didn't sound like it. It sounds like a fairly safe neighbourhood. People seemed a bit phased that something happened in their neighbourhood.

    Secondly, even if he did live in a bad, or average part of town, doesn't make this event any more understandable.
     
  19. debroglie macrumors 6502a

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    As someone who lives in Philly, I can say that he was in what was considered a "safe" area.

    And, FWIW, since this story broke there have been 3 new murder stories on our news.

    The culture of violence here is outrageous... my work supervisor, a middle-aged woman, has been mugged and stabbed at 3pm in center city while carrying her baby and kidnapped with her children for 6 hours.

    Here is the one of the worst I've heard of here: Man beat to death randomly in public by teens
     
  20. kabunaru Guest

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    That's the culprit jinx there.
     
  21. Jschultz macrumors 6502a

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    Is your city doing anything to quell the violence? It sounds like nobody is safe there.
     
  22. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    The new mayor, Michael Nutter, appears to be taking a very strong stance against violence and it really trying to make the city safer. I'm not sure if I agree with all his policies, but I do like what he is doing against crime.
     
  23. tsice19 macrumors 6502a

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    Wow... the mindless killing just appalls me. What drives people to do this? Too much Grand Theft Auto?
     
  24. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Nope, too little parental control.

    The inmates have taken over the asylum, with the help of bleeding hearts.

    Spare the rod, spoil the child.
     
  25. ms.gio macrumors regular

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    The poor guy. He was just trying to start his life then it came to a crashing end.
     

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