Philadelphia homicides near pace with last year after first 20 weeks of 2014

The total number of Philadelphia homicides leapt ahead of last year’s pace early in 2014 and then fell behind significantly, before creeping to within a few percent during the first 20 weeks of this year, according to Philadelphia Police data.

Homicides were up 47 percent year to date after the first eight weeks of 2014, when 44 people were killed, compared with 30 during the same period last year.

But after 17 weeks, the total for 2014 had fallen 13 percent behind last year’s pace, with 71 homicides reported this year, compared with 82 reported year-to-date in 2013.

Then, by the end of the first 20 weeks this year, the city had suffered 88 homicides, coming within three percent of the 91 people killed during the same period in 2013.

During 2013, a total of 247 people were murdered in Philadelphia, including 201 — or 81.37 percent – who were killed with firearms, as we previously reported.

The latest daily update – posted Wednesday at phillypolice.com – reported a total of 89 homicides to date this year, compared with 94 people killed last year, representing a decline of five percent.

You can also check weekly updates from the Philadelphia Police.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

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