The year 2021 is now officially the deadliest year in Jackson’s history, surpassing 2020′s homicide record. The record was broken Friday evening Dec. 3. A sad ending to a year it is becoming.

This made 129 homicides so far this year with one month left to go. Last year, once the deadliest in Jackson’s history, ended with 128 homicides in the capital city. Before 2020, the year 1995 had the most homicides in Jackson with 92 followed by 1994 with 91. There was a noticeable spike in homicides between 2019 and 2020, with 83 homicides in the year 2019 and 84 in 2018. Another record was also broken in June of 2021, which became the deadliest month in Jackson history with 17. Of the 17 killed, nine were below the age of 30.

Many are proposing to bring in the National Guard for safety. Many of my loved ones have lost loved ones to the murders happening in the area. One could question will there ever be peace.

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