Homicide Review: January 2018

There were 31 days in January of 2018, and 24 reported homicides. That translates to 0.77 homicides per day, slightly below the 0.89 per day that has been seen in the last 365 days. The month began with two homicides on New Year’s Day: Andrew Galloway (age 16) and Brian Taylor (age 30).

Homicides continued almost daily until January 12. There were no homicides reported between January 13 and January 19, coinciding with a cold snap that saw temperatures as low as 11 degrees Fahrenheit during most of those days.

On January 19, Baltimore Police Chief Kevin Davis was fired by Mayor Pugh. That day, 2 homicides were reported. From then to the end of the month, there would be 13 homicides in those 12 days, coinciding with warmer-than-average temperatures.

The 24 homicides is slightly above the average number of homicides (21) seen in the month of January between 2005 and 2017. However, since the epidemic of violence started in 2015, the average for January has been 23 homicides. So the 24 homicides are well within what is expected for January in Baltimore during this current epidemic of violence.

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Most homicides were reported or occurred between 11am and 10pm. One occurred around midnight, another around 3am, and another around 4am.

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All of the victims were Black (if their race was known), with 22 of the 24 being men, and 22 of the 24 dying by firearm. (Baltimore’s population is 62% Black.) Seven victims were in the 25-29 age group. Four were in the 30-34 and 20-24 age groups. Three in the 50-54 age group. Two in the 45-49 age group. And one each in the 15-19, 35-39, and 40-44 age groups. One victim’s age is unknown as of the time this blog post was written. With 23 of 24 known ages, the average age of the victims was 32.6 years of age. The median age of the victims was 29. (Median age tells us that 50% of the victims were over the age of 29, while the other half were below that age.)

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Four police districts saw 2 homicides each. Four other police districts saw 4 homicides each. Each homicide occurred in a different neighborhood, except for the homicides of Sean and Mykia Dyer (ages 34 and 29), a couple, who were killed while sitting in a vehicle in the neighborhood of Upton.

***Please note that all information is subject to change.***