Families of Philadelphia homicide victims often face the traumatizing and expensive task of cleaning up the crime scene
Renee Norris-Jones, herself a survivor of partner violence, is still traumatized from unknowingly walking into a crime scene in 1999, the site where her sister was murdered. - MONICA HERNDON/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

PHILADELPHIA — In the days after Patricia Norris was murdered in her West Oak Lane home, her family was busy planning the unexpected funeral, and investigators had finished collecting evidence. But no one told the Norris family what they’d find when they came back to the house to collect Patricia’s belongings. Renee Norris-Jones, Patricia’s sister, stepped into the basement, shocked to see blood still on the walls. She remembers crying and thinking: My God, the police were just here with the yellow tape. They don’t clean this stuff up? That was 22 years ago. Patricia — whom family called “Tric...