It was the biggest mass killing in the city's history. But that doesn't begin to tell the story of what happened that night in West Philadelphia.
When the others were herded into the dining room, Yvette and Guy Long were forced to lie on one side of the room. Yvette Long's boyfriend, Alfred "Bobby" Goodwin, 54, was forced to lie on the other side of the room with occupant Craig "40" Kilby, Ronette "Pooh" Abrams, 33, and Bruce Carter, 45. Edward "Petey" Sudler, 44, was also forced to lie face down on the floor.
Yvette Long told the Daily News that the killers then said, "If you had listened to me, motherfucker ..." before spraying the dining room with bullets.
Some of the victims tried to hide beneath a table; others curled against the wall in fetal position. Three tried to crawl toward the basement door.
After the killers finished shooting, police say one of them came back.
"I've gotta give this motherfucker some more," he said, according to Yvette Long's account.
He then shot Porter three more times.
Yvette Long pretended to be dead. When she was sure the gunmen had left, she called out to the other victims. Only one, Bruce Carter, answered, with a moan.
George Porter, Tyrone Long, Calvin Helton, Malik Harris, Alfred Goodwin and Edward Sudler were dead. Ronette Abrams later died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Yvette Long, who had taken five shots to her legs, ran out onto Lex Street. There are only three occupied houses on the block. The rest are eyeless ghostly shells.
She yelled for someone to call the police.
When police arrived, shortly after 8 p.m., the carnage was absolute. Bodies lined the wall. Legs protruded from beneath a table. A cat in an upstairs bedroom sat curled in a ball, afraid to move.
George Porter, his back against the wall, his hands at his sides, was still.
His head had been riddled with bullets.
Police say the killers took about $50 worth of crack from Porter's crew.
In a cloistered community, where the very geography breeds secrets, the horror of Lex Street is another chapter in the never-ending story of Mill Creek.
It's a story that goes back generations.
Veronica Conyers, whose family has lived in the Mill Creek housing project for 30 years, is Calvin "CJ" Helton's mother. She grew up knowing the mothers of some of the teenage victims. She watched her son grow up with their children. She is still friends with Andrea Watson, Tyrone "Guy" Long's mother. She was Guy Long's godmother.
Watson, who lived in Mill Creek until the late '90s, remembers the anxiety of watching her children grow up in the projects.
"I used to worry because I used to let them kinda go around the back of the building," she says. "I could see from the porch. But when I had to move [out of the high-rise into one of the ground units] and Guy had to get with some of the other kids, some of them were really rough ... But they became friends."
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