by John M
Thirty-seven people were murdered in Richmond in 2013, tying 2011 as the 2nd best year since 1964. For some perspective, there were also 37 homicides in 1950. There were only 32 killings in the city in 2008, the quietest year since 1961.
There were 10 homicides in the East End in 2013, one more than last year but better than the 13 and 14 from 2011 and 2010 (and a far cry from the 27 as recently as 2004 and 41 in 1993). Seven of the 10 killings in the East End have been cleared, a 70% clearance rate.
Whitcomb and Deforrest Streets
There were 2 killings in Sector 111 (Church Hill, Chimborazo, Church Hill North, Fulton, Oakwood, and Union Hill) in 2013, 8 in Sector 113 (north of Carrington and Nine Mile). Six of the killings in Sector 113 occurred in or directly adjacent to public housing. Three of those were within a block of the intersection of Whitcomb and Deforrest Streets in Whitcomb Court.
EAST END HOMICIDES 2013
Between 1982 to 2006, Richmond saw at least 63 killings (and often many more) (PDF). The number started rising in the mid-1980s and jumped to 100 in 1988. The yearly toll stayed over 100 for 10 straight years, hitting 161 in 1994 and 140 in 1997. The count dipped back into the 70s, jumped towards 100 in 2004, and has fallen dramatically since. The historic low of 32 was achieved in 2008, with 2009 close behind with 39.
On the way to a devastating body count of 161, 1994 saw 2 months with over 20 killings, and only one month in the single digits. The violence peaked in August 1994 when 25 killings left someone dead almost every day of that month. There were more people killed in July and August of 1994 than in all of 2011. There were an equal number of murders that April alone to the total of the first 8 months of 2011. There were more murders that year than in the last 4 years combined.
January 1, 2014 at 9:14 am