wenty-three children in Philadelphia died last year from gunfire.

Some were as young as 2 — still sleeping in cribs, focused on teddy bears, newly discovering the world around them. Others were teenagers who played on high school sports teams, served in student government, or dreamed of starting a business.

The vast majority were killed in homicides, some targeted for seemingly senseless reasons, others struck by stray bullets. One baby girl was shot and killed unintentionally, while at least one teen died by suicide.