El Paso homicide rate increases in 2017

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For the first time in three years, El Paso’s homicide rate increased in 2017.

According to the El Paso Police Department, 19 people were murdered last year which is a small increase compared the 17 murdered in both 2015 and 2016.  

However, it’s still below the average of 23 murders per year which has been the average since 1960 according to police.

Records show that four of the 19 murders were the result of domestic violence and five of the murders happened at bars.

EPPD spokesperson Darrel Petry told KTSM, “Our recommendation is to always remove yourself from the situation. Call 911 right away and make sure you can provide as much information as possible and get the police rolling in that direction.”

Petry also said investigators have identified or arrested suspects in all of last year’s murder cases.

He said, “There may be some outstanding individuals in a couple of those cases but the cases are solved and we’re just ready to present on those cases to the district attorney’s office.”

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