Trina Singleton picked up the newspaper the day after her son was murdered in Southwest Philadelphia. "Violent day in Philly: 10 people shot, three of them fatally," read the headline. Based on initial information from police, the article never revealed the fact that one of those three was Singleton's 24-year-old son, Darryl. He was skinny and had a trim goatee. He wore Malcolm X-style glasses. At the time of his death, he was in school studying to be an EMT. "Darryl was very friendly," the 46-year-old Singleton says. "He had a lot of personality. He liked helping people." "He didn't have a criminal background," continues Singleton, a real estate agent, who now lives in Philadelphia's suburbs. "He wasn't a troublemaker." But the life of Darryl, the...
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The Philadelphia Obituary Project Chronicles Lives Lost To Violence