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.