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Columbus Logs 173 Homicides In City's Deadliest Year Ever

Columbus Police cruiser vehicle
Adora Namigadde

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.