Number of murders in Louisville hits 99
According to LMPD's Crime Information Center data, three years in the 1970s are the only years the city has gone over 100 murders.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The number of murders in Louisville hits a dangerous mark after a violent week. LMPD's homicide unit says 99 people have been killed this year.
There have been three murders this week alone. In two of those cases, there have been arrests. But police need help solving the case of a 15-year-old boy who was gunned down in his neighborhood.
On Wednesday morning, 18-year-old Trayona McDowell was killed in Okolona, leaving behind a 10-month-old daughter. Police say two teens she knew are charged in her death and they hope to try them as adults.
"That's what we would try to do, that doesn't always happen, so we'll see how the process goes," said Lt. Emily McKinley with LMPD homicide.
A man was murdered Friday morning in Camp Taylor. William Roberts, 26, was arrested in that case. "He ultimately confessed to that crime," said McKinley. The victim was found in his apartment home near Indiana and Sherman Avenues.
A teen was the victim Thursday night. Officials identify the victim as 15-year-old Le Truong. He was gunned down at South First Street near Tenny Avenue. Police say he lived nearby.
"Any crime involving young people is heartbreaking," said McKinley.
Police need the public's help solving the case.
"I know there were people out in the area that day, there were reports of several incidents of shots fired in the area that day so if anybody is familiar with that or has any knowledge of any vehicles that they had seen," Lt. McKinley said..
According to LMPD's Crime Information Center data, three years in the 1970s are the only years the city has gone over 100 murders. 1971 was the highest with 110 people killed. This year, our youngest citizens are part of the statistics.
"It's always tragic when any life is taken, and it's exceptionally tragic when a young life is taken," Lt. McKinley said. "It's also tragic when a young life is held responsible for a crime such as murder."
McKinley says what added to the murder rate shooting to 99 is a death investigation case from September. It has now been classified as a murder, although police would not elaborate on that case.
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