Paige Pfleger, WOSU, November 13, 2020
Columbus has set a new record for number of yearly homicides. Friday marked the city’s 144th homicide so far in 2020.
That breaks the city’s previous record from 2017, with a month and a half left in the year.
The city’s homicides started off slowly, with lower than average rates at the beginning of the year thanks to Ohio’s stay-at-home order during the pandemic. But high gun violence in the summer and fall contributed to the record-breaking number.
City officials say that a lack of youth programming mid-pandemic led to high rates of gun violence among young people.