From the local news:
Huntsville is inching closer to a record nobody wants to break. Police are investigating five homicides from this weekend, and officers say that brings the total to 26 for the year. According to the department, that’s just one less than the record for a full year.
One of the first things police point to is the city’s growing population. When a city grows, the amount of crime usually grows along with it, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.
Lauderdale Road, Triana Boulevard, Whitestone Drive and Green Cove Road. Those are the locations of the years 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th homicides. Those aren’t just numbers. They’re mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and friends.
There were five Homicides in a single weekend. While those are not Chicago numbers, they might as well be for us given our population.
Fortunately, none of these homicides have been in the corner of town I live in, but that is not a guarantee of anything.
It’s good to know that the police are wasting money on the useless ShotSpotter system to try and combat this. They might as well invest in precogs since at least two of the people killed over the weekend were stabbed to death in a trailer.
I have no idea what is has caused this spike. Sometimes statistical aberrations just happen. We’ll have to keep an eye out and see if this was just a blip or if the number of homicides goes up and stays up.
If you live in the Huntsville area, stay safe, lock your doors, and carry one.