Stop The Violence: 7 Brothers Killed In Philly Over The Weekend

- By Bossip Staff

Sh*t is getting a little TOO real on the streets of Philly.

Homicide detectives are looking for the shooters who killed seven men in separate attacks around Philadelphia since noon Friday.

The killings bring to 24 the number of people slain in the city this year, not including the woman and seven infants allegedly killed by abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell and whose deaths are counted in the police homicide statistics.

Killed were:

Samuel Pressley, 44, of the 1000 block of South 54th Street, Southwest Philadelphia. Police say he was shot in the back of the head Sunday afternoon inside his home in the Kingsessing section. The motive is not yet known.

Melvin Pickron, 19 of the 900 block of North 10th Street. Police say Pickron was shot in the head and torso on the 900 block of West Master Street in North Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon. The motive is not known yet.

Kelly Nelson, 28, of the 5500 block of Hill Creek Drive in Crescentville. Police say Nelson was found with a gunshot wound to the head on his street early Sunday. Investigators believe an argument led up to the slaying.

Derrick Banks, 28, of the 1500 block of Newkirk Street, North Philadelphia. Police say Banks was shot multiple times in the head not far from his home on the 2900 Block of Turner Street in Brewerytown early Sunday. Again, an argument is believed to be the motive.

Damon Rush, 25, of the 7100 block of Walker Street. Rush was shot twice in the head while sitting in the passenger seat of a car at Tyson Avenue near Roosevelt Boulevard Saturday night, police say. Investigators believe Rush was the intended target.

Robert Haughton, 45, of the 6600 block of Dorel Street in Southwest Philadelphia’s Elmwood section. Police said Haughton was shot in the groin and chest on his street early Saturday. Robbery is the suspected motive.

James Smith-Taylor, 29, of the 600 block of North 18th Street, Spring Garden. He was shot numerous times in the torso about noon Friday on Bellmore Avenue near Amber Street in Kensington. The motive is not yet known.

How crazy is it that these are seven unrelated incidents?!


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  • WhyYouAsk

    I read the headline and thought you guys meant 7 “siblings”. Still sad though. My heart goes out to the families.

  • Alexandra the Tsaritsa

    It’s crazy, but it’s not that crazy if you’re from Philly and used to hearing these kinds of crime reports. There’s a reason why we, the locals, affectionately call it “Killadelphia.”

    • I love Tamron Hall

      Pleeez, ever heard of Chicago, NY, LA, Miami, etc. This type of ish happens in every major city across the US. Sadly!

    • MrsG-215

      Yes,we’ve been called Killadelphia for some time now.The craziest thing about living in Philly is that there is no all-around good or bad neighborhood.You have good streets surrounded by bad ones,and bad streets surrounded by good ones.It don’t matter where you go.

    • Yo Mama

      I’m a Philly native and I refuse to “affectionately” refer to Philly as Killadelphia. There is nothing loving about the steadily increasing murder rate that would ever allow me to do something so ignorant.

  • er

    black people will never stop killing black people and that a shame

  • daisy jay

    When I hear stuff like this, I think about how the families must feel. For me, my family is my life. Without them, I am nothing. I mean, I tear up just at the thought of losing one of my parents or one of my sisters. I don’t know how I’ll even go on when something happens to any of them. Then I read sh!t like this. Just…young kids dying off like it’s nothing. Obviously more than often, kids are killing each other. Do they not think about how it will affect their family? Not only are they punks, but they’re extremely selfish and ignorant. I possess more empathy for the families than the victims – unless the victim is an innocent bystander. Heart goes out to anybody who’s ever lost their loved ones this way. I’m thankful that I haven’t felt pain like that before.

  • Clear28

    I from Killy to I sorry Philly an that’s why I don’t live there no more I moved from there in “06” when I relies I wasn’t going to raise my son there he wasn’t going to go throw that mess there love home but not going to live there I’ll visit

  • It's Me

    That sign is funny as hell!!! Duck Mother F*ucker Duck!!! So sad though

  • jt

    blacks are animals and what to be treadted like everyone else.

  • lattho

    Sad…i thought b-more was bad

  • Big Cain

    Killing a person solves nothing and when you kill an innocent, defenseless person you are a piece of shit!!! And when you die you will pay for your sins. You F-in cowards.

  • daisy jay

    Had to come back.

    The worst part about this is when one person gets killed, everything turns into retalliation. Everything is a never-ended cycle.

  • Uncle Cracka

    What is wrong with society!!! Damn depressing!!!

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  • Joyce

    Yayyyyy I should celebrate!!!

  • 1TruDiva w/the PlatinumVocals!!

    I’m sorry but that sign is funny as hayle!

  • http://woowstillinshock A.walker

    I knew of damon rush, he has a 3yr old son and that’s my god son..and he was killed on the night of my godsons 3rd bday..I feel hurt not only for his fam and friends but for his son I love him to death..nothing about this sign or deaths is funny..see that’s the problem people don’t look at it in a serious matter..and try to find humor out of something that is plain wrong and painful to the victims all of u that are laughing @ the sign pause and remember that damon had a 3yr old son that knew his father very well and would have been with him that night when it happend and thank GOD he wasn’ my godson damon jr has to grow up without a father and knowing that he was killed on his third bday..let’s get real people and keep your eyes wide open cuz u never know when ur turn comes around.. I pray for my godson and damons family and my friend whom has lost a father for her son and yes I will pray for his niece raven may god bless u god takes us when he wants in silence not by the beat of our hearts but by the sound of the wind

    • 1TruDiva w/the PlatinumVocals--Me and "we" will piggyback in a thread!

      You know what????

      I did find that sign funny however, if my finding it humorous was offensive then, in all honesty, from the bottom of my heart–I apologize and hope that you would find it in your heart to forgive.

  • 1TruDiva w/the PlatinumVocals--Me and "we" will piggyback in a thread!

    **to forgive me.

  • bk4real

    I lived in a contry town called plainfield nj a 5 block town they are killing each other , dont go to that town it is of the DEVIL…PEOPLE WAKE UP.

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