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Remembering Joelill Foy: Mother leads peace walk following murder of son, member of popular singing group Brotherly Love

“My son was a joy to the world,” exclaimed the mother of Brotherly Love founding member Joelill Foy.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — City and community leaders walked several blocks in South Philadelphia Monday night to promote peace.

The walk comes days after the tragedy rocked the block.

“My son was a joy to the world, I just can’t believe it,” said Tangalee Lewis, Joelill Foy’s mother.

Foy, 26, was a founding member of the local singing group Brotherly Love. He was shot dead outside his home on the 1800 block of Sigel Street last week.

Community members call for an end to the violence.

“We all need to roll up our sleeves, get involved and tackle the issue together,” said Councilor Kenyatta Johnson.

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Johnson says the walk is a call to action to stop senseless gun violence.

“A rising star from South Philadelphia was murdered on this block,” Johnson said of Foy’s killing.

Sarah Legacki is the block captain of Sigelstrasse. She is heartbroken and wants to see a change.

“When I heard his mother scream I will never forget it and I never want to hear it again. He was just a good boy, an incredibly talented voice,” said Legacki.

Johnson says it’s about preventing violence, but that doesn’t happen overnight.

“To help our young people understand that picking up a gun is not the way to go,” Johnson said.

Legacki says because of the ongoing gun violence, Joelill’s smile that lit up the night is just a memory.

Neighbors don’t want this to be forgotten. They don’t have an answer on how to stop gun violence, but they say they will do whatever it takes to put an end to it.

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