Tuesday, January 2, 2007
From enquirer.com: With 86 homicides in 2006, the year was Cincinnati's deadliest since police began keeping consistent records in 1950. The record number of homicides follows the recent blueprint for violent deaths - drugs, weapons and broken families.
"Ninety percent of all homicides are drug-related," said Hamilton County Coroner O'dell Owens. "When you peel the onion back, even self-defense violence is because of drugs."
In the last three years, the number of female homicide victims has increased from 9 to 13, and the number of juveniles killed by violence increased from 4 to 13.
"The average age is certainly trimming down," Owens said. "We're also seeing more females involved. They're not just standing by anymore. They want to get involved and make the money."
Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]