From KCPD: While the number of other violent and property crimes in Kansas City spiraled downward this year, homicides spiked in 2008. Barring any more violence before the New Year tonight, 2008 had 126 homicides – just under the deadliest year this decade: 2005 and its 127 murders. The year 2007 had 94 homicides. Here’s the breakdown on this year’s slayings:
126 total victims
- 111 males, 15 females
- 95 black, 17 white, 13 Hispanic, 1 Asian
- 60 percent were between the ages of 17 and 34
One hundred (100) of the murders were committed with a firearm. Another 11 victims died from trauma, eight were stabbed, three causes of death are unknown and one was classified as “other.”
East Patrol had more than twice as many homicides as any other patrol division in the city with 61 killings. Metro Patrol had 30, Central Patrol 25, South Patrol 7, Shoal Creek Patrol 2 and North Patrol 1.
Detectives have cleared 70 of this year’s homicides, and another nine are being reviewed by prosecutors. Police also cleared 14 homicide cases from previous years in 2008.