Kansas City passes 100 homicides in 2016

Kansas City may not be the most dangerous city in the country, but it is home to a unsettling trend in violent crime. Just a few days ago, the city suffered its 100th homicide for the calendar year of 2016, the most homicides in the city since 2012.

On Thursday, Oct. 27, there were two separate killings, one involving a toddler being killed by an older child who had gotten a hold of a loose weapon. By contrast, the city had only suffered 86 homicides at this point in 2015, and in 2014 only 65. 2014 also featured an historic low for homicides, with only 82 recorded in the whole year.

Unfortunately, violence often breeds only more violence. The authorities tasked with solving violent crimes are motivated to solve these killings as quickly as possible to stop retaliatory violence and repeat violent offenders, but even with this emphasis, the city is only able to solve about half of the homicides that are reported.

If a person is charged with a homicide, it can be difficult to know where to turn. These kinds of charges can devastate your community and personal relationships and leave you with very few places to turn for help. Even if you have not committed or been charged with a crime, it is wise to establish a relationship with an excellent criminal defense attorney before you need one, so that you know who to call if and when the need arises. If you find yourself facing violent crime charges, It is vital to know that you can depend on a qualified, experienced attorney who will provide the best defense possible in order to see that your case is heard fairly and your rights are protected.

Source: KMBC News, "Kansas City reaches 100 homicides this year," Peggy Breit, Oct. 28, 2016

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