Los Angeles passes 300 homicides in 2020, the highest number since 2009

Los Angeles reached 300 homicides in 2020, a number not seen in a decade.

The city passed the grim milestone early Sunday morning, after four killings over the weekend. The victims included a 17-year-old cyclist, a 50-year-old homeless man, a 20-year-old man, and a 41-year-old woman, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The city has experienced an explosion in violence, with a 25% rise in homicides over 2019, while shootings have risen by 32%. Rapes and robberies are both down over last year’s statistics, while aggravated assaults have risen.

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