Coroner: EBR seeing increase in homicides compared to last year

Coroner: EBR seeing increase in homicides compared to last year

POSTED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 12:03pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 9:44am

The East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office show the number of murder investigations in the parish is up from last year.

According to that office 60 people have been killed so far this year in East Baton Rouge Parish. That includes investigations by police in Baton Rouge, Baker, Zachary, and Central, as well as the Sheriff's Office.

This time last year there were a total of 46 homicides.

We should point out these numbers are not final and an increase in numbers does not denote a spike in violence. That is to say that the number of homicides could balance out to the average by the end of the year.

According to the coroner's office, there were a total of 90 homicides last year in the parish.

However, people we spoke with say the numbers are very concerning.

"Living here for 20-23 years I've never seen it this bad before," Nikhil Bhushan, Baton Rouge resident, said.

Many are looking at the daily headlines of crime and violence as a sign of our economy.

"A lot of people unemployed and some people just turn to crime," Mike Oliveto, said.

As far as how to cut the level of crime in the city, many say putting people to work is the best way to do that.

"I think more jobs - put more money on the street-get more people opportunity to go to work," Chris Morgan, another resident, added.

We want to know what you think. How can Baton Rouge best begin to cut down the staggering number of violent crimes being committed in the city? Tell us your thoughts on the NBC33 Facebook page.

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