Monday, August 08, 2005
August 7th, 2005
Angel's cousin on steps and Angel's neighbor
I saw these flowers and drove around the block to take a photo thinking it was a wedding. My deepest condolences to the Mucciolo family, immediate and extended, and to Angel's friends and neighbors. I am so sorry for your loss. I am a neighbor myself and, although I do not know this family, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to them.
MONDAY, AUGUST 8TH, 2005
By Tina Moore
Inquirer Staff Writer
Woman gunned down in S. Phila.
"She was two doors from home when a group opened fire. "It wasn't meant for her," her mother said.
Several men wearing bandannas shot into a group of people on a South Philadelphia porch early yesterday, striking and killing an 18-year-old woman, police said.
Angel Mucciolo was shot several times and died of a head wound, police said.
"These guys just came running up the street and started to open fire," said Mucciolo's mother, Sandy Mucciolo, 47. "It wasn't meant for her. It was meant for somebody next door."
Two men also were injured and were recovering yesterday, police said.
The shootings happened about 12:30 a.m. on the 2200 block of South 16th Street, police said. The house is two doors down from the Mucciolos'. Sandy Mucciolo said her daughter had gotten home from a wedding reception and was talking to neighbors.
"I thought I heard fireworks," said Mucciolo, who was upstairs sleeping. "My son, Michael, ran out here and started screaming, 'Angel's been shot.' "
She went outside to find her daughter lying on the sidewalk in blood.
Witnesses told police that five or six men wearing bandannas over their faces were the shooters. No arrests had been made as of yesterday. Police said they were unsure how many of the men fired guns or whether the shooting was gang-related.
The family, with eight siblings, hugged and sobbed outside its home yesterday afternoon. The family members had created a memorial of childhood photographs and bouquets of gladioli, roses and daisies on the spot where Angel Mucciolo fell.
Christine Quattrone, 25, said her younger sister had been talking to neighbors and apparently tried to run home when the shootings began.
"She was trying to get away," she said.
She said that family members did not know why the shootings occurred and that detectives had questioned the people on the doorsteps next door.
Vicheth Dara, 24, was grazed on his back in the shootings, and Phom Phoeung, 28, was shot in his left calf, police said. Both men were recovering yesterday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Anthony Mucciolo, 57, the victim's father, said his family moved to the neighborhood recently to get away from another block that seemed plagued by violence. He said he had warned his eight children to be careful.
"I've been telling them and telling them to stay away from that house," Mucciolo said. "I had a bad feeling something was going to happen."
Jerry Roccato was among the neighbors who stopped at the Mucciolo house yesterday to console the family. He has lived in the neighborhood for 40 years.
"We've never had anything here like this all the years I've lived here," he said.
By early afternoon, several women in waitress uniforms who worked with Sandy Mucciolo at the Penrose Diner had arrived at the home, along with members of the extended family.
"Make sure you tell the world that girl was sunshine," said Angel Mucciolo's aunt, Sharon Maloney. "That's what we always called her: Sunshine.""
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