Number of Lexington homicides near record high
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Saturday, Lexington experienced homicide number 26 for this year. This puts the city close to passing the record number of homicides per year, and it’s only October.
27. That’s the record number of homicides per year in Lexington. It was set in both 1999 and 2001.
With just two months left in 2017, the city is only one homicide away from breaking that record.
Lieutenant Albert Johnson, from the Lexington Police Robbery and Homicide Unit, says the number for this year so far, is not high, considering Lexington’s population has increased by over 70 thousand people since 1999.
Lieutenant Johnson says homicides have no pattern. He explains, while one year may have several, the next may have only a few, saying breaking the early record, does not mean the rate will increase similarly in every year to come.
Johnson says while everyone should still be cautious, most homicides, specifically this year, have not been random.
“Most of our homicides, almost all of them, have been acquaintances or have some prior dealings with that person, and almost all of them have some kind of criminal aspect or involvement with them,” said Johnson. “They’re not random.”
Lieutenant Johnson assures everyone the men and women working in the homicide unit, and throughout the rest of the police department, will always work their hardest to solve every case, so that you can stay safe.