About Us. Honoring lives taken by homicide.
All too often in Philadelphia, the news is filled with bloody details from the latest homicide, and another one comes so quickly that the previous one falls off the radar. Because the media is often ill-equipped to dive deeper than the murder itself, much of the general public blames the victims or assumes they must have been criminals. The vast majority were not violent criminals, and regardless of their background, homicide victims are always people, with lives, families, dreams and struggles.
The Philadelphia Obituary Project was founded in 2016 with the intention of flipping the dynamic by putting the lives of homicide victims front and center. We endeavor to shed light on the people – treating them as more than statistics – and the families that have lost loved ones to preventable tragedies.
If you have information about a homicide victim, please click here to send us an email. We appreciate your support, and we share your hope that we can make a difference about the violence that plagues this city.
Cletus conceived of the Philadelphia Obituary Project partly due to his upbringing in Hazleton, Pa., where everyone from a bank president to a baker received an obituary in the local paper. He is a founding partner of the Center City-based law firm of Lyman & Ash and has a history of protecting the rights of individuals. His clients have included business owners, restaurant and hotel workers, school children, and victims of police misconduct, in a variety of matters, including constitutional, employment, and LGBT rights, personal injury, finance and estates.
Albert spent more than 10 years working in Philadelphia media, including as an assistant city editor at the Philadelphia Daily News and an editor at the Associated Press. He graduated with a master’s degree in journalism from Temple University and a bachelor’s from American University in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Associated Press, CNN, American Public Media, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly and other publications. He also founded the hyperlocal South Philadelphia website PassyunkPost.com.
Taylor graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple University in 2016. She has worked for The Morning Call in Allentown, Bicycling magazine and PassyunkPost.com