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Data shows Jackson homicides up 67 percent over 2015

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

From January to March, the number of homicides in the Capital City has jumped 67 percent over the same period last year. Monthly numbers released by the city of Jackson and compiled by 3 On Your Side show the increase.

"It's frustrating in itself to see someone take someone else's life," longtime Jackson resident Donald Wash said. "A lot of these are senseless murders. I guess we just need to come together and be more prayerful for the city of Jackson."

Prayer and community awareness represent a common theme many residents have embraced, from prayer tours of homicide scenes to "stop the violence" rallies. Many hope it curbs the problem.

The data, released through the city's transparency initiative website, show homicide as the only violent crime on the rise in Jackson over that three-month period. Aggravated assault dropped more than 10 percent and rape plummeted 43 percent.

Crimes against property are also down as well, except grand larceny, which rose 16 percent from 2015.

The 67-percent spike in homicides, six more deaths this year than last, represents the largest increase among the crime statistics presented.

Where do they happen the most?

Internal data compiled from Jackson Police Department reports indicates the majority of cases can be found in Precinct 2, which covers the western and central part of the Capital City, including downtown Jackson. Nearly half of all 2016 homicides in Jackson took place there.

When reached by phone, Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon called the recent increase in homicides "a terrible situation."

"There's not a person in this city who's not troubled by this situation. You used to see fistfights and now you see bullets," said Barrett-Simon, whose ward runs through Precinct 2. "It is a crime that's least able to be policed because you have to be there the moment it's happening."

Jackson State University student Tamarick Johnson said he's not worried about the findings, though. 

"I'm always aware of my surroundings, always aware of what's going on," said Johnson. "Me personally, I wouldn't change my day-to-day life, because I know the do's and don't's, so to speak. I come from a big city and stuff like that happens all the time. You have to be aware."

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