Dylan Purcell is an investigative reporter focused on data-driven stories that delve into issues of public concern for the Philadelphia region.

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Walter Wallace Jr., 27, a ‘family man’ with many mental health crises and encounters with police

Wallace was the father of eight, an Uber Eats driver, and an aspiring rapper.

At least 25 people were shot in Philly last weekend, including two 11-year-olds, as gun violence keeps surging

The bloodshed also included gunfire at a playground that injured six people, a shooting in East Mount Airy that killed a 25-year-old man, and another man shot as he left an Airbnb in Center City.

Philly is seeing a spike in shootings of children. But motives and arrests are lagging.

Nearly 100 kids have been shot in the city already this year, according to police statistics — a tally soon to surpass the number of young people shot in all of last year. Just 18% of the shootings have resulted in an arrest, according to an Inquirer analysis.

This small Delco borough has the Philly region’s highest rate of coronavirus cases

The town of fewer than 12,000 people has seen the highest rate of COVID-19 cases of any suburban municipality or Philadelphia zip code with at least 10,000 residents, according to an Inquirer analysis.

Philly teachers and students take to the street to protest racism

“We’re not free unless we’re all free,” Keziah Ridgeway, a history teacher at Northeast High, told the crowd as the rally for Black lives got underway. “Walk as if you are transforming education with your feet.”

Philly shootings are surging this summer

A city leader blamed “a perfect storm” of poverty, guns, unrest, and the coronavirus.

Philly police got more than 8,500 fireworks complaints in one month

This year, the neighborhood blasts seem louder and more frequent, adding to the one-two punch of pandemic fears and the anguish following the police killing of George Floyd.

The despair of being a Black cop in Philly: ‘I’ve never been more ready to walk away’

“We’re not OK. Blue doesn’t acknowledge us because we’re Black, and Black doesn’t acknowledge us because we’re blue.”

Previously unidentified chemicals discovered across S. Jersey, linked to plant that used PFAS

Scientists have discovered the widespread presence of previously unidentified chemical compounds, likely used as a substitute for highly-toxic 'forever chemicals known as PFAS, in soils across the state of New Jersey. Their toxicity and environmental impact are unknown.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s push to move Philly area to ‘yellow’ phase despite data met with skepticism among city officials

When the coronavirus hit, Mayor Jim Kenney appeared less eager than Gov. Tom Wolf to enact strict measures to control its spread. But 11 weeks later, it's the city urging caution on the governor's push to reopen.