Durham police: 2013 homicides up, all involve young black males
Posted July 2, 2013
Durham, N.C. — The Durham Police Department on Tuesday released its 2012 annual crime report and called on communities to help prevent and solve crimes.
The crime report provides perspective for 2013 crime statistics provided by police, which show homicides are up slightly over last year, while overall violent crime is down slightly. The numbers also reveal an alarming trend – in each of the 13 homicide cases reported so far in 2013, both the victims and suspects were black males.
All of the suspects are between 18 and 21 years old, while all the victims were 18 to 41. In each case, police said, the suspect knew the victim.
The Gang Reduction Strategy Committee and Violent Crime Reduction Roundtable, composed of city and county leaders, clergy and educators, are two initiatives aimed at addressing the violence.