Associated Press, US News, September 20, 2020
The number of homicides in St. Louis has already topped last year’s 194 killings, putting the city on track to have a notably high homicide rate.
St. Louis has seen a huge spike in homicides since June, despite numerous efforts to curb the violence. During June, July and August, 114 homicides were reported in the city, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
St. Louis typically averages 50 homicides in the last four months of the year. If that projection holds true, the city will see about 240 homicides in 2020, which would be the highest number in 25 years.
The highest number of killings in a single year in St. Louis was 267 in 1993, which gave the city a homicide rate of 69 per 100,000 people. Because the city of St. Louis has lost population, this year’s homicide rate is projected to be 79 per 100,000 residents.