DC has 113 open homicide cases

This is while MPD has 188 killings in total per. November 2, 2021.

WASHINGTON – Washington, DC hit a grim milestone in October: 31 homicides in 31 days, according to DC police statistics. As the numbers stand on November 2, the district has reported 188 total killings in 2021 with 113 open cases.

One of the latest deaths still under investigation started with a report of a fatal fire in which a 32-year-old woman was found dead. However, after the initial investigation, it was determined that Special Police Officer Cynthia Barringer had been shot dead before the fire, according to police. Her death was considered a homicide.

On Monday night, investigators did not say whether the fire was intentional.

Sade Wright, who runs the Wright Family Foundation and helps families affected by violence, knew Barringer and said her children meant so much to her.

“It’s very heartbreaking because she was an excellent mother,” Wright said. “She loved going out, but she primarily loved her children. She loved working, and she loved her children.”

DC Police track all homicide cases year over year. MPD data reported 164 homicides this time last year in 2020 and 188 homicides so far in 2021 – an increase of 13% over a year with the highest number of homicides since 2004.

Of the 188 killings recorded this year, 113 of the cases are unsolved, giving the city a clearance rate of less than 40%. Last year in 2020, the MPD had 111 open homicide cases with a total of 198 homicides, which is a clearance rate of 44%.

When a spokesman for the MPD was asked about their plans to help close the cases, a spokesman for the MPD said they have programs to help combat violence in the city, such as outreach programs and over community events that they hold to help spread the word to the people of the district about going to violence.

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