In Eddie's Name: One Family's Triumph Over Tragedy
Bryn Freedman, William Knoedelseder
In November, 1994, in Philadelphia, 16-year-old Eddie Polec was beaten to
death on the front steps of his church. This crime drew worldwide headlines
due to the fact that dozens of frantic calls for help to 911 operators went
unanswered. "In Eddie's Name" is about a seemingly ordinary father
and his family and their struggle to overcome this extraordinary tragedy.
It is a gripping, uplifting portrait of how the epidemic of teen violence
struck viciously at an all-American family. The author vividly retells the
disturbing tale of a Philadelphia teenager who was beaten by youths from
another neighborhood and left to die on the steps of his own church while
dozens of 911 calls went unanswered.