Columbus' Murder Rate Tops Cincinnati, Cleveland


UPDATED: Wednesday October 13, 2010 4:37 PM

The number of slayings in the city has surpassed the 2009 total and there are still more than two months left in the year.

As the slayings continue to creep up, 10TV's Maureen Kocot looked into whether Columbus is becoming the most dangerous city in Ohio.

There have been 85 slayings so far this year, after another deadly shooting early Tuesday morning.

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Witnesses flagged down police on Whitethorn Avenue, alerting officers that someone was hurt. 

Police said they found a man in a parked car, dead from several gunshot wounds, Kocot reported.

Neighbors said they are tired of the escalating violence.

"It's getting to the point where it's really starting to drive people away," said neighbor Appolonia Tobin.

Is moving the solution?

10TV News compared the number of murders in Ohio's three big cities; Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. 

Columbus tops the list with 85 homicides so far this year, compared to 58 in Cleveland and 53 in Cincinnati, Kocot reported.

However, when compared per capita, Columbus has the lowest murder rate of all three cities. 

For Tobin and others, it is about more than numbers.

"We are losing too many of our loved ones, too many of our babies, too many of our brothers, uncles," Tobin said. "Enough is enough."

Tobin said one of her friends was killed after a shootout with another man earlier this month on Eureka Avenue.

Police said the two men fired upon each other.

"It's just been really hard to swallow," Tobin said. "It's just really hard to deal with.  I just don't know how much more of this I can take."

Police have not released the name of the man found shot to death on Whitehorne Avenue, but investigators said they believe he is from West Virginia.

They have no suspects in the shooting and no arrests have been made.

In terms of justice, Columbus police have filed charges or developed suspects in 52 of the 85 slayings, nearly two-thirds of the cases, Kocot reported. 

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