Home Advocate Anti-violence lawyer shot dead in North Philadelphia – NBC10 Philadelphia

Anti-violence lawyer shot dead in North Philadelphia – NBC10 Philadelphia



What there is to know

  • Michael Muhammad, a neighborhood captain and gun violence activist in north Philadelphia, was shot and killed as he left a convenience store on 10th and Brown Streets on November 27.
  • Those who knew Muhammad said he was a community advocate who worked to reduce violence and improve conditions in his neighborhood.
  • No arrests were made in the murder of Muhammad.

Relatives mourn an anti-violence advocate who was shot and killed in Philadelphia last month. As police continue to search for the shooter, those who knew the victim hope to continue his work and honor his legacy.

Michael Muhammad, a neighborhood captain and anti-gun violence activist in north Philadelphia, was leaving a store on the corner of 10th and Brown Streets on November 27 when a gunman opened fire, shooting him at least once. Muhammad later died of his injuries, a victim of what he was fighting against.

“He loved this community, so it was in his heart to do it, which is a beautiful thing,” Aquila Lee, Muhammad’s fiancee, told NBC10.

Lee told NBC10 that her fiancé’s mission is to clean the streets literally and figuratively. He also helped young people find jobs.

Muhammad was one of four people murdered in the neighborhood in the past four months and one of a total of 521 people who have been murdered in Philadelphia so far this year, the deadliest on record.

“Right now the community is traumatized,” Stanley Crawford, member of the Black Male Community Council, told NBC10.

Crawford worked with Muhammad to try to find solutions to the violence plaguing their community.

“He was so excited about the potential for help that was coming here through the help he was giving and we were working diligently to create a nice and peaceful community like it was at one point,” said Crawford.

Prior to his death, Muhammad also spoke to NBC10 in early October in reaction to a viral video of a Philadelphia police officer confronting and yelling at a man in his North Philly neighborhood.

“We don’t want our kids to look at the police like they’re the enemy,” Muhammad told NBC10. “But unfortunately some police are the enemy because they are actually watching us instead of watching with us.”

While loved ones know how damaging Muhammad’s death will be for their community, they are also committed to building on his work.

“He wanted to do a lot of positive things for this community,” Crawford said. “So what his murder did increased our efforts to do what we can do as an organization to help this community. “

No arrests have been made for the murder of Muhammad and the police have not released a detailed description of the shooter. They continue to investigate.

Figures from the City Comptroller’s Office show that shootings accounted for at least 445 of this year’s murders in Philadelphia. These figures also show that nearly 1,700 people suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf last week rejected calls to issue emergency gun violence declarations, arguing that such a declaration was unnecessary given of their continued efforts to stem the bloodshed.

There are additional resources for individuals or communities who have experienced gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.