The Memphis Data Hub shows as of Monday the city has recorded 195 homicides this year. If homicides continue at the current pace, 2020 could become the most violent year on record.
Right now, 2016 holds that grim record. The city saw 228 homicides that year.
“Whatever your problem is, shooting that gun won’t solve it. It just makes the problem get worse,” said Stevie Moore, founder of Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives.
Moore has spent decades fighting violent crime in Memphis.
He’s especially concerned this year, because 24 victims have been under the age of 18.
“I don’t believe one organization, nor one person can solve this. We’ve got to come together and fight this demon,” said Moore.
But before that can happen, it might be beneficial to get a sense of where the homicides are happening.
Using numbers from the Memphis Data Hub, WMC was not only able to see homicides by zip code but by council district.
So far this year, zip code 38106 in south Memphis has experienced the most homicides of any zip code with 23.
Memphis Council District 7 and Council District 4 have each seen 41 homicides this year, followed closely by Council District 6 in South Memphis, which has seen 40 homicides. District 3 in southeast Memphis has seen 35.
“I don’t want anyone to be hurt. No one else in the city does,” said Patrice Robinson.