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Columbus Logs 173 Homicides In City's Deadliest Year Ever

Columbus Police cruiser vehicle
Adora Namigadde
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WOSU

With just two days left, Columbus has seen 173 homicides in 2020. Columbus Police Deputy Chief Michael Woods says this is the most homicides the city has seen in a single year.

"We’ve never seen anything quite like this," Woods says. "A lot of multiple homicides, and the frequency. It’s almost daily that we’re experiencing a shooting or some type of felonious assaul. Homicides are coming in at quite that high rate as well."

Most recently, police found two women dead and a man in critical condition after a stabbing at Summit Park Apartments on Morse Road.

Woods says there is no pattern to the homicides.

“We’re seeing all kinds of homicides,” Woods says. “There’s some gang-related information on some of them, there’s drug-related, there’s domestic. So it’s the full gamut of what we’re experiencing.”

The previous yearly record was 144, set in 2017. Columbus passed that milestone in November.

Adora Namigadde was a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. She joined WOSU News in February 2017. A Michigan native, she graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in French.