Mayor Jim Kenney to sign order banning guns in Philadelphia recreation spaces

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The mayor of Philadelphia is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday banning firearms in recreational areas of the city.

The signing comes a day after a funeral for a Parks and Recreation employee who was killed on the job.

This year alone there have been 18 incidents of gun violence in city parks and recreational facilities, including one that killed 41-year-old Tiffany Fletcher.

She was shot dead on September 9 while working at Mill Creek Rec Center. The mother of three was caught in the crossfire while taking an outdoor break.

Fletcher was buried Monday with a citywide funeral.

Parks and Rec Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell was among the city officials who spoke at Fletcher’s funeral about her service to the city and her community.

“During this service she lost her life. A tragedy unprecedented in our department at Parks and Recreation: losing one of us on duty,” said Ott Lovell.

The executive order, to be signed by Mayor Jim Kenney, will ban guns and other lethal weapons in the city’s recreational facilities, including fields, playgrounds and swimming pools.

“I’ve been here on a lot of homecoming services. This might be the hardest thing I’ve come to. And I’m just so, so sad and so sad that this all happened. I can’t tell you how much my heart is broken too,” Kenney said at the funeral.

In August, the city began offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of people who fired guns and injured others within 500 feet of a school, recreation center or library.

The executive order comes as the city hit 400 homicides this year.

“Our current mission in honor of Tiffany is to send the message to lay down arms,” ​​said State Senator Vincent Hughes.

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