By Rick Kauffman
CHESTER >> Six-year-old Dahmi George doesn’t understand that his father isn’t coming home.
It’s been just seven months since his dad, 22-year-old Dominic Shaheed George, was shot 18 times in the back. It was the ninth murder in Delaware County in 2015, and one of a string of shootings in Chester, where there have been more than 20 homicides this year.
Dominic’s mother, Kristina Wright, said she was angry after the loss of her son, incensed that his murderer — whose identity she is confident she knows — walks free. But, with nowhere to focus her grief, she began studying the history of violence in Chester.
“I started finding out that there were so many unsolved murders in Chester,” Wright said. “I figured something would happen fast (in solving his murder), but it didn’t.”
Wright made a list of every murder she could trace back to 1980, using newspaper clips, county records, police blotter and far too many murders in her own extended family to count.
“My son always had that fear,” Wright said. “He always said, ‘Mom, it’s one of those days,’ and I told him, ‘It doesn’t have to be.’”
Seven months later, she and husband James Wright, Dominic’s father, are the guardians for two of their deceased son’s children, Dahmi, and his 6-month-old brother, Jeliyr, whom they affectionately call “Dom” after his middle name.
“His little brother didn’t get to meet his dad, because (Dominic) passed away a month before he was born,” James Wright said.
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