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Re: “Quadruple shooting takes Kansas City, Missouri's homicide total to 98 (updated)

DEar Pitch: Thanks for keeping the city posted on the homicide stats--a topic much of the city's political class wants "swept under the rug." The double homicide puts the city's homicide total at 98 for 2010. When you break down recent homicide stats in KCMO, you note an interesting series of patterns. In 2007 we had a total of 94 homicides--62 black and 32 other races. Then, the "homicide surge" in the black neighborhoods of the city began in the spring of 2008. As of today, we have 77 black homicides for 2010--and 21 homicides for other races. (In 2008 we had 95 black homicides and 31 for other races; in 2009 we had 81 black homicides and 29 for other races.) And, as the Star's recent stories have indicated, there has been a declining number of these black homicides solved since 2007. One hopes that this ongoing explosion of violence in the black neighborhoods of KCMO will be addressed in the current campaign for mayor. Sincerely and Respectfully, Ernest Evans

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Posted by Ernest Evans on 12/06/2010 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Murder Factory documentary shows the sorrow behind Kansas City's homicide rate

Dear Pitch: Thanks for highlighting this most important movie. One thing to note about our city's homicide stats in recent years: We have been having a major "homicide surge" in the black neighborhoods of KCMO since the spring of 2008. At this point in 2007 we were at 50 black homicides and 29 homicides for other races--now we are at 66 black homicides and 17 for other races. Moreover, in all of 2007 we had 62 black homicides--for 2010 we are at 66 black homicides with nearly three months to go for the calendar year. One can debate the reasons for this "homicide surge", but that it is occuring cannot be denied. Sincerely and Respectfully, Ernest Evans

Posted by Ernest Evans on 10/03/2010 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Evangel Douglas, KCMO homicide No. 70

Dear Pitch: Thanks for keeping city posted on homicide stories--something most of the city's leaders want to forget about. As of today we are up to 72 homicides for 2010--with several people still in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. And, alarmingly, the "trend lines" for 2010 are not good: First three months: 21 homicides. Second three months: 30 homicides. July and August 2010 (to date): 21 homicides. We are currently ahead of the homicide totals at this time for 2008--which was the third worst year homicide wise in city history. Sincerely and Respectfully, Ernest Evans

Posted by ERnest Evans on 08/22/2010 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Otis W. Pratt, KCMO homicide 67: Pratt's teenage son discovered body Monday morning

Dear Pitch: Thanks, as always, for keeping the city posted on the homicide totals--few of the other media outlets in the city do that. It is politically sensitive that we are well into the third year of an explosion of violence in the city's black neighborhoods--and high homicide rates are bad for attracting conventions. Actually, as anyone living in the city can attest, up until the summer of 2008 in the Star and on the Tv stations any time a homicide was reported it was routine to note what number homicide it was for the year. Since that summer that media practice has totally ceased. Take care. Sincerely and Respectfully, Ernest Evans

Posted by Ernest Evans on 08/11/2010 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Son discovers father's body; homicide detectives on the scene

DEar Pitch: Thanks, as always, for keeping the city posted on the homicide totals--a statistic that most of the city establishment wants "swept under the rug." "Homicide surge" that began in black neighborhoods in spring of 2008 appears to be continuing: As of today, 52 black homicides for 2010, 15 white/asian/hispanic homicides. At this point in 2007, the last year before the "homicide surge" began, we were at 36 black homicides and 18 white/asian/hispanic homicides. Sincerely and Respectfully, Ernest Evans

Posted by Ernest Evans on 08/09/2010 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Killa City: July 2010 victims and accused slideshow

DEar Pitch: Thanks for the update on the city's homicide situation. This is a most serious problem that most of the city's elites want ignored--steps on sensitive toes and scares away conventions and business investment. As they used to say in the old game show, here is the "$64,000" question: Is 2010 like 2009 or 2008? In the time period August 1-Dec. 31 in 2008 we had 63 homicides, in the time period August 1-Dec. 31 2009 we had 40 homicides. Here's hoping that this is another 2009. Sincerely and Respectfully, Ernest Evans

Posted by Ernest Evans on 08/04/2010 at 5:48 PM

Re: “KMCO homicides No. 53, 54 shot near 10th and the Paseo (updated)

DEar Pitch: Thanks for posting the news on the homicide totals--totals that the city establishment desperately wants "swept under the rug." The "homicide surge" that began in the black neighborhoods of KCMO in the spring of 2008 is continuing: As of today for 2010 we are at 44 black homicides for the year (12 white/asian/hispanic)--in 2007 at this point we were at 27 black homicides (14 white/asian/hispanic). Notice to the Police Board, "KC Week "Talking Heads", the city's convention industry, the Concerned Clergy Coalition, etc: Stop insulting the intelligence of everyone in this town by pretending to sincerely believe that this ongoing bloodbath in the black neighborhoods of KCMO is due to the recession: All over the country cities are recording record low homicide totals despite the recession. KCMO's crime disaster, as you all know perfectly well, is not due to the recession. Sorry to be so angry, but people are dying,and it is time for the lying and deception to stop. Sincerely and Respectfully, Ernest Evans

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Posted by Ernest Evans on 07/06/2010 at 10:36 AM

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