Yet another Tucson murder kicked off Wednesday morning’s e-mail in an announcement from Tucson police.
Officers found a man down with “obvious signs of trauma” around 4:20 a.m. near East 22nd Street and South Beverly Avenue. Details to follow.
This man’s death joins a long list of murders that has been plaguing Old Pueblo, with 14 since the beginning of August.
We’ve seen a total of 36 homicides in Tucson since Jan. 1, according to Tucson police statistics, higher than last year’s full total of 32.
It’s only September.
We were hoping a woman who was stabbed by her ex-roommate was on the road to survival, foiling at least one murder attempt.
But a comment and subsequent e-mail from a friend says she is in worse condition than police had disclosed and she may not make it.
Police have kicked off a violent crime initiative, according to an announcement from TPD, with more officers patrolling the streets for a 30-day period.
Another part of the initiative is paying attention to the reasons behind the homicides.
While gangs, drugs, robberies and home invasions are frequent contributing factors, we also note several homicides following random altercations – at a midtown bus stop, a townhouse courtyard, a bus ride fight between two teens. We are glad more police will be on the scene – but will that be enough to keep us safe?
The Tucson Police Department’s website offers crime prevention tips that range from auto theft to vacation safety, with the personal protection tips listed at the bottom of the post.
It would be impossible to dedicate a category to homicides, however, as we never know when someone will strike, or where. And perhaps most frightening, we may never know why. [Read more…] about Tucson 2010 murder rate already higher than last year's full total: Will more cops keep us safe?