Homicide Per Capita Higher than Chicago; Huntington Police Investigate Fifth Avenue Death as City's 19th Homicide

Updated 51 weeks ago Edited by Tony Rutherford from Multiple Reports
Homicide Per Capita Higher than Chicago; Huntington Police Investigate Fifth Avenue Death as City's 19th Homicide

Huntington's latest homicide brings the 2017 total to 19. Taylor Wheeler, 28, a former St. Joseph High School basketball player, was found shot and deceased following a dispatch at about 12:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11. The death apparently occurred inside her apartment in the 1300 block of Fifth Avenue.

The victim , a 2007 graduate from the school, had been named to the second team All State her senior year.

Police are investigating and asking for public assistance. Anyone with information may call 911 or 696-4444.

The city's record homicide rate has been attributed to the drug trade and domestic violence involving a partner.

For comparison, during the Kim Wolfe administration from 2009-2012, HPD records show a total of 14 during the four years.

Homicide Per Capita Higher than Chicago; Huntington Police Investigate Fifth Avenue Death as City's 19th Homicide
WSAZ Graphic

2009- 4 murder/homicide

2010 - 2 murders/homicide

2011- 3 murders/homicide

2012 -5 murders/homicide

"When I took office there were 85 officers, when I left there were 109," Wolfe said. "Crime was down. Elections have consequences. Protecting the city and its residents should be the top priority."

WSAZ has already reported that our per capita murder rate places us higher than Chicago, Illinois.

 

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