COLUMBUS – Columbus Ohio police department released data this morning on the 99 homicides that have happened in the city by race, sex of both the victims and suspects so far this year.
In June of 2019 there were fifty-five homicide investigations, in June of 2021 59, this year on June 30th, 2021 there were 99 homicide investigations an almost 100% increase from the years before. In just a few days Columbus Police have recorded several more homicides bringing the current number to date 3 days later to 103.
Columbus Police are also reporting that some of these crimes are going unsolved at a 49.5% rate, so over half of the murders in the city have not been solved yet.
Last year Columbus surpassed the murder rate of all time in November at 144, by the end of 2020 year it was 167. This year looks to possibly outpace last year’s record.
Mayor Ginther made a statement during a press conference when a 16-year-old was killed in downtown Columbus on May 22 that they are preparing for a “summer of violence” in the city. The mayor asked for people to put the guns down.