[blockquote source=”NBC Philadelphia”]

Amber Long, 26, and her mother, 50, were walking along the 900 block of Front Street in the Northern Liberties section of the city when they were ambushed by two robbers.

“One of the males snatched the mother’s purse from off of her shoulder and fled on foot. The second male, who was attempting to snatch the purse from the daughter, during the struggle, pulled out a gun and fired it one time, striking her in the chest,” said Captain James Clark who heads up the homicide division.

Officers rushed Long to Hahnemann Hospital where she died around 11:15 p.m.


I know and live by this area.  The map below will give you an idea in how close proximity I am.  It takes about 1.5 minutes to walk from 2nd to 3rd down Brown.


Just a month ago I walked exactly through this Front St area on foot and thought to myself, “I wonder how safe it is right here?”  This girl made an obvious mistake during the hold up and didn’t surrender the $14 dollar purse without resistance.  This is a tremendous lesson to anyone reading this.  Your life is more important than any monetary value item.  People in this world are sick.  There’s no saying that these murderers weren’t amped on crystal meth and had no idea what they hell they were even doing.  To take a life over something so nominal is truly horrid.  The victim’s mother used the word “senseless” and I think that’s pretty spot on.  This is a scary ordeal all around.

To think I live within 5 minutes of this area is also troubling.  It is off the beaten path but still not far from my residence.  The location is essentially abandoned with some new construction currently being built.  It’s obviously not a spot where you walk at night.  The city isn’t the suburbs and that’s something that can never be forgotten because it can happen anytime and anywhere.  What happened to Amber isn’t something that you can prepare for, but you have to know it can happen.