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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Lenny DeMalto

Age: 21
Neighborhood: University City.
Occupation: Student.

"My dad's a Philadelphia police officer, so I know Philadelphia's always been crazy. But for these Penn kids who've lived in suburbia all their lives, they seem pretty taken aback. My dad knew Officer Cassidy, and visited him on the day he died. It's not the first time he's lost a friend."


Leonard Tucker

Age: 35
Neighborhood: West Philadelphia.
Occupation: Works in the engineering department at Amtrak.

"I have a couple relatives in the police department and two kids at school in the area, so I'm definitely thinking about it. My kids go to school at the Penn Alexander School--one is 11, one is 6. They notice the violence, especially going outside playing. I don't allow them to stay outside for too long. With these economic times, that plays a big part in the violence. Jobs just aren't as available, so violence is going to increase."


Andre Mathis

Age: 45
Neighborhood: Spring Garden.
Occupation: Construction worker.

"When you start shooting cops, all bets are off. When I got here in 1980, you saw fistfights. My neighborhood's pretty tranquil--the boys who sell weed know to get off the bricks at night. Usually Center City is safe--this recent shooting, I really didn't see it coming. As long as the underlying conditions don't improve, you're going to have more problems."


Michelle Branch

Age: 43
Neighborhood: West Philadelphia.
Occupation: Nurse at Inglis House.

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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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