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File #: 160264    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/31/2016 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/31/2016
Title: Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the death of In-Ho Oh and the response by his parents offering forgiveness to the teenage murderers, requesting that the juveniles receive the "most generous treatment possible" allowed by law and establishing a fund to be used for their religious, educational, vocational and social guidance.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Bass
Attachments: 1. Signature16026400.pdf
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Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the death of In-Ho Oh and the response by his parents offering forgiveness to the teenage murderers, requesting that the juveniles receive the "most generous treatment possible" allowed by law and establishing a fund to be used for their religious, educational, vocational and social guidance.

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WHEREAS, On April 28, 1958, In-Ho Oh was murdered by a group of eleven African American juveniles after mailing a letter at the corner of 36th and Hamilton Streets; and

WHEREAS, In-Ho Oh was 26 years old at the time of his death. He was a graduate of Seoul National University and aspired to complete his education at the University of Pennsylvania, return to Korea to serve his people and his nation as a Christian Statesman; and

WHEREAS, The brutal and senseless murder of In-Ho Oh sent shock waves throughout Philadelphia and became national news; and

WHEREAS, The District Attorney sought to certify the juveniles as adults and obtain the death penalty. Cecil B. Moore would later serve as defense attorney for one of the nine defendants; and

WHEREAS, A letter arrived from the parents of In-Ho Oh, in which they wrote, "When we heard of his death, we could not believe the news was true, for the shock was so unexpected and sad . . . We thank God that He has given us a plan whereby our sorrow is being turned into Christian purpose. It is our hope that we may somehow be instrumental in the salvation of the souls and in giving life to the human nature of the murderers. Our family has met together and we have decided to petition the most generous treatment possible within the laws of your government be given to those who have committed this criminal action . . . In order to give evidence of our sincere hope contained in this petition our whole family has decided to save money to start a fund to be used for the religious, educational, vocational and social guidance of the boys when they are released. In addition...

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