Six adults and five children were killed as a result of the bombing, Phil Africa, 11, Tomaso Africa, 8, Delicia Orr Africa, 13, Katricia Africa, 13 and Zanetta Africa, 11. They had all been in a home in the city’s Cobbs Creek neighborhood and the incident has since been described as one of the goriest acts of violence in the city’s history.
Over 30 years later, the city faces a new scandal after MOVE members discovered that the city medical examiner gave the human remains from the bombing to Penn Museum for identification. It has sparked a wave of protests and outrage.
Since the discovery, the museum has apologized to members of the deceased’s families.
“I don’t appreciate and we don’t like the fact that these people did what they did and then dictated to us what they’re going to do with them,” Janet Africa, the mother of Delicia, said.
Penn Museum reached out to mothers to inform them that they have since given the remains of their loved ones to a local funeral home, the mothers said, adding that they did not give the museum authorization to do so.
“We’re still meeting as an organization, as a family, making a decision,” Sue Africa, mother of Tomaso Africa, told NBC10. “But you have to understand our suspicion and reluctance.”
They further added that they do not believe the remains are those of their loved ones.
“This is something that you would never imagine,” Consuewella Africa said. “I mean, dropping a bomb in a city!”
The families have since hired attorneys Joe Tucker and Carl Singley of the Tucker Law Group to investigate the matter. The institution said they would release their findings as soon as it becomes available.