By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
For the first time in at least the past four years Kansas City has experienced a new low in homicides year to date with 35.
In 2013, around this same time there were 53 homicides and the year ended with 100.
In 2012, around this same time there were 50 homicides and the year ended with 105.
In 2011, around this same time there were also 53 homicides and the year ended with 111.
In 2010, around this same time there were 56 homicides and the year ended with 102.
Although 34 homicides is really nothing to brag about it is a vast improvement of what has taken place in years past.
Unfortunately, the largest group of homicide victims continues to be black males between the ages of 17 to 24 where there have been 13 victims. And 20 of the City’s 34 homicide victims have been black males.
The next largest group were victims between the ages of 35 to 44 at eight victims followed by victims between the ages of 25 to 34 at seven.
Those ages 45 and over constituted six of the City’s homicide victims.
Black males continue to lead all groups of homicide victims at 20 followed by Hispanic males with five and white males and black females tied at four.
No white females, or Asian male or females have been killed in the first half of the year and only one Hispanic female has been killed.
A total of 26 victims were killed with handguns. Two victims were stabbed and four victims died as the result of blunt force trauma.
One victim has died from an unknown method and one died from a other means.
East Patrol leads all Patrol divisions with 15 homicides.
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