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Albuquerque seeing fewer homicides than last year

Albuquerque, New Mexico (KRQE) – Latest numbers According to reports, 80 people have died in homicides investigated by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) so far this year. There were 23 fewer people than the same period last year.

According to APD, 2022 was a record-breaking year for homicides in Albuquerque, with a total of 120 homicides. Generally, most homicides occur during the warmer months, which means Albuquerque appears on track to stay below the record this year.

APD says they have solved 63 homicides this year. The majority of these cases (44) occurred in 2023. The remaining cases occurred in previous years.

APD said that of the homicides investigated in 2023, a gun was used in 81% of the homicides. Knives and lethal cutting instruments were used in 11% of homicides.

According to APD, of the 80 homicides so far in 2023, more than half were motivated by “personal disrespect.” This means police believe that in more than half of cases, behavior such as a disrespectful look or an angry tone was the inciting incident, rather than something else such as a drug deal gone wrong.

While not all instances of disrespect lead to homicide, APD spokesman Gilbert Gallegos did say, “When people are continually disrespected, they may feel they have no choice but to defend themselves, even if it means Use violence.”

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