Philadelphia police reportedly questioned a suspect within the deadly taking pictures of a pregnant woman and her unborn youngster as the city barrels towards setting a brand new record for homicides in a 12 months.
Jessica Covington, 32, was seven months pregnant when she was shot a number of instances within the head and abdomen whereas unloading presents from her automotive after coming back from her personal child bathe on Saturday, police and experiences mentioned.
Both Covington and her unborn youngster had been pronounced useless at an area hospital later within the evening, cops mentioned in an announcement supplied to The Post.
“This heinous crime has sent shock waves throughout the country, and also highlights the intentional lack of regard that we are seeing for humanity,” Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw mentioned in an announcement this week.
“And worse, all of this comes at a time when we are approaching another grim milestone. Soon, we will reach, and almost certainly surpass, 500 homicides in our beautiful city.”
The City of Brotherly Love is up to 499 homicides as of Tuesday, ABC6 Philadelphia mentioned. That’s 13 % greater than 2020’s whole by means of the identical time of the 12 months and only one murder wanting the record 500 set in 1990, in accordance to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Philly is now providing $50,000 for suggestions that lead to a conviction within the high-profile case, simply considered one of six homicides over the weekend, police mentioned.
Authorities questioned a suspect Monday however didn’t file any expenses, the Inquirer reported. There was video footage on the block of the taking pictures, however the streets had been darkish due to busted road lamps, the Inquirer said.
“This unconscionable loss of life is almost too much to bear,” Outlaw mentioned. “On its own, 500 lives cut short is a staggering number. But whatever the final total, what this number can never truly show are the thousands of other lives impacted by sudden and tragic loss.”