Homicides in Louisville Reach High Mark of 80 in 2016

September 3, 2016 Updated: September 3, 2016
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Louisville has matched last year’s decades-high mark of 80 homicides, with four months left in the year.

In the latest killing, a man was shot just after 8 p.m. Friday inside his mobile home.

The Courier-Journal reports the rate of slayings puts the city on pace to top 100, a level of violence not seen in Louisville since at least the 1970s.

August accelerated the homicide tally’s growth. Seventeen people were killed last month.

The highest homicide count, according to police data on 1960 to the present, came in 1971 when 110 people were killed countywide.

Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad says the community needs to work together “to resolve these underlying issues that lead young people to become involved in criminal activity.”