A young woman described as her mother’s “mini-me”. A former professional boxer who mentored young men and women. Resident Advisor at Girard College.
Police did not immediately name the three victims of Saturday night’s mass shooting on South Street in Philadelphia. But friends, family and colleagues took to social media on Sunday to mourn the loss of Kristopher Minners, 22; Alexis Quinn, 27; and Gregory “Japan” Jackson, 34, like those who lost their lives when violence erupted in the entertainment district.
Police said two of the people, including Quinn, were “innocent bystanders”. One of the men killed is believed to be involved in the incident.
The AFT Pennsylvania teachers’ union identified Minners as the resident counselor for sophomore boys at Girard College, a college-preparatory boarding school in the city.
“Our hearts are heavy today with the passing of Kris Minners, another victim of senseless gun violence,” the union said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to the family of Mr. Minners who woke up this morning missing someone at their breakfast table, to his colleagues who will be friendless and to his students who will be without mentors and role models. .”
Jackson was a professional welterweight boxer from 2012 to 2019, who in recent years had dedicated himself to helping the community, and especially the young people of Philadelphia.
“Thank you for being part of our village,” one woman said in a social media post on Jackson’s Instagram page, where photos and videos show him boxing and training kids in the gym. “Thank you for the time invested in my son and all the other little boys you have invested in. You will be missed.”
What we know about the shoot:Police: 3 dead, at least 12 injured in Philadelphia shooting on South Street
Jackson, who according to an online biography was born in Atlantic City, was also a regular at Millennium Skate World in Camden.
“With heavy hearts, we share the loss of one of our adult skaters, Greg aka Japan Jackson,” the rink posted on Facebook.
Family members and friends also expressed their condolences for Quinn.
“The shooting and the killings must stop,” said a woman who said Quinn was her niece. “It could have been my daughter, she was there at the same time. We have to do better. Please! Please! Lay down your arms, the city of Philadelphia is a dangerous zone, yes a zone dangerous.”
William Fleming was not stunned by news of the mass shootings in his neighborhood. With Saturday night’s fatal shooting, Philadelphia has 211 homicide victims this year, up 6% from the same time last year. A pregnant woman was also killed in the city in an unrelated shooting over the weekend.
“All we’re talking about here is shot after shot,” Fleming said. “I guess we’re becoming desensitized to that. You feel it’s getting closer to home. But that’s not surprising.”
Earlier this year, Fleming said he volunteered for a beer garden fundraiser for the Eastern State Penitentiary Historical Museum in the Fairmount section of the city. “We had to do active shooter training for a beer garden fundraiser,” Fleming said. “It was the first thing we did. It was amazing.”