PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A new documentary gives a revealing look at the impact of violence in Philadelphia.
The Weight of Death delves into the heartbreaking stories of gun violence victims, including an innocent child who was a victim of gun violence in 2014.
The story of three-year-old Tynirah Borum is the focus of the second episode of The Weight of Death. The episode was released on YouTube this week.
“You see young people being taken away from our neighborhoods at an alarming rate,” said Anton Moore, the docuseries’ executive producer and a native of South Philadelphia.
“I grew up in South Philadelphia. Tasker Home projects,” said the 36-year-old, noting that his childhood times were very different.
“It was cool. We played cards, hung out, had fun … you didn’t see a lot of young kids killing each other,” he said.
Seeing things take a turn for the worse, he started the non-profit Unity in the Community (https://www.unityinthecommunity215.com/).
“I started with a block party,” he said. “Helping vulnerable youth, driving coats, finding jobs for people.”
When that wasn’t enough, he combined his activism with his experience at BET to create The Weight of Death documentaries.
“We wanted to bring it to the big screen,” he said. “What’s the real stuff?”
The documentaries contain heartbreaking stories of people affected by gun violence. It also includes the voices of community leaders, law enforcement, politicians like former Mayor Michael Nutter, and local influencers like DJ Diamond Kuts.
“I see it from different angles. The mental health perspective, the law enforcement perspective, the hip-hop perspective,” Moore said.
Hip hop voices included in the documentaries include Meek Mill in episode 1 and Black Thought from The Roots in episode 2.
“I lost my father to gun violence in Germantown at a very, very young age,” Black Thought revealed in the docuseries.
The documentaries also include the stories of bereaved families such as Tamika Borum, mother of three-year-old Tynirah Borum. She was killed by a stray bullet in 2014 while getting her hair braided on a porch in Gray’s Ferry.
“We have to tell Tynariah’s story because we have young people who need to understand that when you shoot this gun, a lot of other people are affected,” Moore said.
The show comes with raw emotion and honesty from the likes of Jesse Walker.
“I was on the street,” he admits to his past misconduct. “I knew something was going to happen to me. I had the feeling. I just kept getting the feeling that something was going to happen to me.”
Walker’s feeling was right.
“I was shot,” he said. “(I was) 12 years old. I thought my life was over.”
In addition to being paralyzed, Walker was incarcerated at the age of 13. His cellmate was his father, who was never a part of his life growing up. Walker spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair and says he has no regrets about the decisions that led to his being shot.
“I know if I was still on my feet, I’d either be in jail or I’d be dead,” said Walker, who is now sharing his message in hopes of preventing other kids from making the mistakes he’s made Has.
Walker began funding the documentaries himself. Since then he has received generous donations to fund the project. The next step is to get the message of the documentaries off the screen and into schools.
“We want to go to schools. We want to visit leisure centers. Show them this documentary,” Moore said.
His goal is to be the voice of reason to stop the violence.
“That’s what we try to teach our little kids every day,” Moore said. “You don’t want this life.”
Moore hopes to have four or five more episodes of The Weight of Death out by the end of the year. The two episodes that have been released so far can be viewed at the following links:
Episode 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mu-C3EpIgeY
Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=-jwjGni0aUE&feature=youtu.be
For more information on “The Weight of Death” visit: https://theweightofdeath.com/
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