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East End off to noteworthy murder-free start to 2017

With more than 50 days since the last homicide in the East End, a period including the entire month of January, this as-yet-murder-free 2017 marks one of the 3 quietest starts to a year in the last two decades.

In 2012, most remarkably, there was not a killing in the East End until April 14. The following year, the peace was broken with a fatal domestic stabbing on February 9.

Richmond has seen 9 homicides so far in 2017, and another shooting currently classified as a “death investigation”.

For more perspective: Historical numbers for the East End and Richmond →

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Luke E McClenny 02/07/2017 at 5:42 PM

please don’t jinx it thanks

Ano Ali 02/07/2017 at 6:03 PM

That’s great. I hope that this trend continues

Jereme Yoho 02/07/2017 at 10:10 PM

Knock on wood

J 02/08/2017 at 1:20 AM

Richmond has seen 10 homicides and is on pace for 108. Watch all the local news stations! They are comparing the crime spike in Richmond and New Orleans to Chicagos.

John M 02/08/2017 at 7:20 AM

Imagine that, the tv news hyping something.

Did they mention that none of the killings were in East End?

J 02/08/2017 at 8:44 AM

No they did not mention that none of the killings where in east end. I believe a lot of the violence in south side is due to a uptown vs the bottom vs mid city beef.

Ano Ali 02/08/2017 at 11:08 AM

@J Richmond isn’t going to have 108 murders, and that’s insane to think that Richmond is going to be on the levels of Chicago. Richmond’s population isn’t as big as Chicago, and Chicago’s murders are due to gangs, not saying that Richmond’s isn’t gang related, but not on the level of Chicago. And whose making this comparison, as you said in comment 4?This isn’t the 90’s, lol.I think that this is a good sign that none of the murders are in the east end. Most major cities have crimes, that’s just the reality of the situation. Richmond will never get back to the level of 100 plus murders, and that’s a good thing. This city has turned the corner.

Ano Ali 02/08/2017 at 11:12 AM Reply
Dubois2 02/09/2017 at 7:17 AM

Kudos to the East End. Good work y’all.

Re Richmond of which we are part …..
Is there someone out there who is good at comparative murder math?

I’m not, but..,
It looks to me like last year’s murder rate citywide was something like 26 murders per 1000 residents. Which may be worse than Chicago, (maybe they are at 16 per 1000) but is not as bad as St. Louis/Baltimore/New Orleans which seem to be around 55 murders per 1000 residents.

But also, it’s not so good. NYC is at around 5 murders per 1000.

And this year’s current rate would put us at maybe 50+ per 1000 if it continues? That sounds like a dangerous, murderous little city.

Is that math correct? I’d like if it weren’t.

Lt 02/09/2017 at 7:13 PM

Murders rates are normally compared per capita, usually murders per 100,000 residents.

Justifiable homicide typically is not included in the police departments murder count.

2016: Chicago had more murders per 100,000 than Richmond. But by my calculation this was only by .55 murders per 100,000.

Essentially both cities were at 28 per 100,000.

Obviously the overwhelming majority were a result of a firearm.

Population numbers came from Wikipedia and murders stats came from local PD.

Disclaimer: I’m not a mathematician.

Dubois2 02/10/2017 at 8:08 AM

Lt! Thank you for saving my floundering maths.

Checking around Wikipedia it seems that the highest murder-per-capita cities in the US seem to be at around 50 per 100,000, give or take.

And unless I’m wrong about this as well, in a city of +/- 220,000 people like richmond, that would be around 105 murders per year, or around 9 per month. Just about where we are right now, in 2017.

Perhaps we should be more careful about maintaining our police department than we were under the Jones administration. Here’s hoping not too many lives are lost before we turn it back around.

J 02/11/2017 at 2:27 AM

That’s what I was saying but Ano Ali believes it will never happen again. I believe in 2004 Richmond ended with 94 killings and the only reason it stayed that low is because the FEDS/FBI took over the town and they had state troopers policing the city streets also.

John M 02/11/2017 at 8:57 AM

As of yesterday, the East End is now off to it’s 2nd longest opening stretch with no homicides in two decades.

WarGibFA 02/11/2017 at 6:52 PM

Fingers crossed… fingers crossed.

Lt. 02/13/2017 at 1:47 PM

It was a good run…..

Kay9 02/13/2017 at 1:56 PM

Looks like it just ended.

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