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2018 is Jackson's deadliest year on record, per FBI data

With 12 homicides recorded in April alone, 2018 has broken the original record high for the area with 34 homicides since the start of the year. Source: WLBT With 12 homicides recorded in April alone, 2018 has broken the original record high for the area with 34 homicides since the start of the year. Source: WLBT
With 12 homicides recorded in April alone, 2018 has broken the original record high for the area with 34 homicides since the start of the year. Source: WLBT With 12 homicides recorded in April alone, 2018 has broken the original record high for the area with 34 homicides since the start of the year. Source: WLBT
With 12 homicides recorded in April alone, 2018 has broken the original record high for the area with 34 homicides since the start of the year. Source: WLBT With 12 homicides recorded in April alone, 2018 has broken the original record high for the area with 34 homicides since the start of the year. Source: WLBT
With 12 homicides recorded in April alone, 2018 has broken the original record high for the area with 34 homicides since the start of the year. Source: WLBT With 12 homicides recorded in April alone, 2018 has broken the original record high for the area with 34 homicides since the start of the year. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The first four months of 2018 have been the deadliest on record, according to the FBI. 

The FBI started keeping track of Jackson homicides in 1976. 

With 12 homicides recorded in April alone, 2018 has broken the original record high for the area with 34 homicides since the start of the year.

INTERACTIVE MAP: JACKSON HOMICIDES 

1995 is the only other year that comes close to 2018's numbers, when 31 people were killed in the Capital City.

Bel Air neighborhood resident Emory Gordon lives just two blocks away from where Jackson rapper, Lil Lonnie, was recently shot to death.

READ MORE: Local rapper Lonnie Taylor shot to death while driving in north Jackson

Gordon says his neighborhood used to be filled with older, quiet professionals but as his generation has gotten older, younger folks are moving in and changing the atmosphere.

"They're just going to have to really crack down on all of these young people doing all of these silly things,” said Gordon. “The schools need to report when these kids are not showing up for school, so that a truant officer can go around and see what's going on."

Gordon says it’s not just differing values that are contributing to this deadly trend, but also the lack of resources for emergency responders and residents.

“It’s understandable now because the Jackson Police Department is not fully staffed,” said Gordon. “A lot of people feel that they just don’t have any opportunities, no jobs here. Most of the big business are moving out.”

Jackson's Interim Police Chief is planning on addressing these deadly numbers. His media availability is still being determined.

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