Denver homicides spike in October, fueled by domestic violence cases

Posted at 7:03 AM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 09:03:44-04

DENVER -- Denver is on pace for another violent year after 12 people were killed in October, putting the number of homicides so far in 2016 at 44 — already the third-highest total in the past decade with two months remaining.

Unlike past years when gang violence was blamed, the high number of homicides this year is being fueled by domestic violence. Thus far, 10 people have been killed in nine cases where domestic violence was the cause, said Sonny Jackson, a Denver police spokesman. That’s nearly one of every four people killed this year in the city.

In 2015, Denver saw just one death attributed to domestic violence.

The 12 homicides in October were the highest number in a single month in Denver in at least the past six years.

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