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A man killed in Columbia Tusculum Saturday night was the 88th homicide in Cincinnati this year. Cincinnati police found Kevin Smith, 46, suffering from a gunshot wound in the block of Eastern Avenue Saturday night. He later died from his injuries, police said. Homicides have slowed in Cincinnati since August, but not enough to offset the increase in killings during the spring and summer. Over the past three years, Cincinnati has had an average of 34 homicides between April and August.
This year, the city had The Enquirer maintains annual homicide statistics dating back to These totals include killings that were ruled to have been made in self-defense. While has matched as the worst year for homicides, this year has already surpassed it in terms of the city's homicide rate due to Cincinnati's slightly lower population.
There have been This rate will only increase if more homicides happen this year. Columbus and Louisville have both surpassed their all-time records for homicides in a single year.
Columbus passed its prior high on Nov. Louisville did the same on Sept. Both of those cities are metro-style governments, which means they have annexed larger portions of their home counties than Cincinnati. Avondale has had more killings than any other neighborhood in Cincinnati this year with Westwood has had nine. Seven people have been killed in West End. These six neighborhoods for more than half of the homicides across Cincinnati's 52 neighborhoods. The six neighborhoods contain about a quarter of the population of the city, based on estimates from multiple sources.
So far this year, 16 women have been killed.
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Of those, 13 have been Black. It's the worst year on record for women homicides, according to Cincinnati police data dating back to A total of 45 people have been arrested in connection with 50 of the homicides. Several men are charged in more than one death.
Of those, 42 are male and all but three are Black. Gun violence in Cincinnati is also poised to break records this year, resetting the ificant reduction of shootings over the past four years. As of Nov. If shootings continue at the same rate, Cincinnati could see around by New Year's Day. The city began systematically tracking gun violence in Since then, there have been between and shootings most years with a peak of shootings in But and were the lowest years on record with and shootings respectively.
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Inthere were more shootings than that by the first day of September. The department also re-instituted its gun violence task force. This year, 1, firearms recovered by police have been or are slated to be destroyed. The city has also partnered with the U. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of Ohio to pursue federal charges for gun crimes, in part, by providing a city-paid attorney to work in the federal office. Since the initiative was launched, 36 people have been charged federally.
Most are charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, a crime that carries a three-year maximum sentence under Ohio law, but a year maximum sentence federally. Mayor John Cranley and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac have also begun a plan to hire community organizers as a way to strengthen relationships in violent areas.
Isaac said this can make murders easier to solve and harder to commit because offenders won't think that residents will stay silent. Ennis Tait Ministries and Cincinnati Works hosted rally demonstrations this summer where they displayed 73 body bags in high-crime areas to raise awareness for the rise in killings. Everytown for Gun Safety has said gun violence has risen due to the economic crisis brought on by the COVID pandemic which has disproportionately affected low-income areas.
Cincinnati now has 88 homicides, matching yearly record
Gun violence intervention programs and police-community relationships have also been strained due to restrictions on large gatherings and social-distancing protocols. During the stay-at-home, Cincinnati police officials said there was a lack of "natural surveillance" because fewer people were out of the streets.
When fewer people are likely to see or report a shooting, it may lead to brazen acts, officials said.
When Cincinnati surpassed last year's total of homicides in just nine months, Ennis Tait of Ennis Tait Ministries pointed out it was primarily affecting the African American community. He said that made it easier for city officials to ignore. He said funding was needed urgently in the hardest-hit areas to provide people opportunities beyond pulling the trigger of a gun.
The idea is if kids can be steered away from street life early enough, violence can be prevented on a widespread scale. He said living amongst poverty and crime is traumatizing and that trauma le to violence later in life. All hands on deck and working tirelessly.
He said the trust between police and the community also needs work. The Black community has historically mistrusted police, but police have lost trust in the ability of the community to help them, he said. City Councilman Christopher Smitherman, who le the law and public safety committee, called the gun violence unacceptable on Sunday.
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