Last Words

Philadelphians speak out soberly about the city's spreading crime epidemic.

By PW Staff
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 4 | Posted Nov. 6, 2007

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Puyu Brown

Age: 28
Neighborhood: Southwest Philadelphia.
Occupation: Home healthcare aide.

"In '05 I thought about leaving the city. I've been here 17 years. I spent my first 11 in West Africa--Liberia. I stay home. To me the problem is the hip-hop community. It disappoints me because I used to frequent those gatherings, the clubs and stuff like that. I stopped a long time ago."

 



Ernestine Harris

Neighborhood: West Philadelphia.
Occupation: Administrative assistant at Hickman Temple Church.

"I have a 16-year-old grandson. He's a wonderful boy, and I pray that he stays safe. He walks to the bus station. No one ever causes him trouble because he's nonconfrontational. This neighborhood is getting a lot better. People are speaking out and coming forward when they see things. They're cleaning up the parks. There are college kids coming in to tutor in the church. It's a good thing."

 



Mark Trignani

Age: 51
Neighborhood: South Philadelphia.
Occupation: Commercial roofer.

"Officer Cassidy's out there protecting the earth, and he got murdered. These people don't have a spiritual life. They don't have respect for anybody. This is getting to be a deadly city. The devil does terrible things to a mind. The devil can destroy a person."

 

 

 

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1. Joey Showers said... on Jan 9, 2009 at 08:04PM

“Andre Mathis went to jail for abusing children, both sexually and physically. He is also known for beating and stalking women. He is the last person you should get advise from on how to stop violence. He is a piece of trash!”

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2. victim said... on Jan 10, 2009 at 08:49PM

“ First of all, Andre Mathis' real name is Aundra Bruce Mathis. I sincerely doubt that he is a construction worker, too. When I knew him, he was selling his body to gay men out of Pentoney"s Bar. He is a PEDIPHILE, CHILD ABUSER, WOMAN ABUSER, LOSER, and a poor excuse for a man, a waste of his father's sperm, and should be incarcerated for the rest of his worthless life.”

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3. Laura Schaeffer said... on Jan 10, 2009 at 09:14PM

“Stop taking advise from people like Andre Mathis, Philly. This man is a sex-offender and a pediphile. Look up his criminal record. It's all documented. ”

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4. Nikki said... on Jul 14, 2013 at 04:47PM

“Please help me get more info on this dude. He claims to be my dad and wants contact with me and my son. I've tried to google his record but I can't get it.”

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