posted 15 Jun 2012, 21:55
So a second body, and ensuing homicide investigation is started started today in my fair City, with the last one just happening Wednesday. This time the body was bullet riddled and laying in a pool of blood right on the side of the road. No eye witnesses, and the body has yet to be identified, but was listed as male. The last one was a middle aged woman that was bludgeoned to death in an abandoned home. How much do you want to bet both were drug related?
We're considered a metropolitan area, even though with the 4 towns that are grouped right together in two separate Counties, there's only around 120K people. It would probably go up to around 160K if the towns on the outskirts of the two Counties were included. Here it is the middle of June, and we've had approximately 25 homicides already this year.
To put it in perspective, Los Angeles County has approx. 3 million people, and they average around 300 homicides a year. So per capita, Los Angels County would have to have around 700 homicides a year to have the same murder rate as us. More than twice their normal amount. I wish they would post our murder rate on the National stats, because per capita it would probably be the highest in the US, and then maybe people would quit moving here due to the relative low housing costs, and quit adding to the problem.
So how about ya'll lay off of me for the ways that living in a place like this have forced me to adopt. I like breathing, and I like it when my family and friends, most of whom are incapable of defending themselves against a random act of violence, are breathing as well.
Have a nice day all :)
edit, these are half year stats, so if it continued at the same rate for the rest of the year, Los Angeles would actual have to have approx. 1,400 murders to be at the same rate.