Albuquerque closes out January with 14 homicides | KOB 4

Albuquerque closes out January with 14 homicides

Ryan Laughlin
Updated: February 01, 2021 05:04 PM
Created: January 31, 2021 09:25 PM

Note: As of Monday morning, APD updated their homicide count. January now has 14 homicides, tying the 2-year monthly high set in April 2019. 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The new year is off to a rough start in Albuquerque’s fight against the crime crisis. 

The Albuquerque Police Department launched 15 homicide investigations in the month of January—the most homicides recorded in a single month in at least the last two years. 

Last week, Interim APD Chief Herold Medina said the department plans on bringing in more help to solve those cases. 

"I spoke with DA Torres this morning and we both agreed that we both recognize we need more investigators in homicide,” he said.

The city of Albuquerque set a homicide record back in 2019. During that year, the deadliest month was in April with 14 killings. The second deadliest month was in September 2019 with 12 homicides. 

In 2020, there was never a month with double-digit homicides. The most in any month was nine homicides, according to APD. 

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller announced the three finalists for the APD chief job this month. The city is also pushing to hire more officers and implement new proactive policing tactics that focus on firearms.

Through APD’s investigations, the homicide count could change. Earlier this month, APD took two homicides off the board when they ruled one to be a suicide,  and the other a justified homicide.

For now, January is the month with the most homicide investigations out of the last 25 months.

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