Monday Sept. 12, 2016
There have been eight homicides in Elkhart so far this year, including a July 31 triple homicide, the latest. That’s more than any year as a whole (with more time to go in 2016) dating to at least 2012
There have also been 28 armed robberies.
It all begs the question — is violence running amok?
I called some area leaders, pulled together some figures (including gunshot reports) to write a quick analysis of the situation. People are buzzing about crime — it’s come up at two recent town hall-style meetings I’ve attended — but it’s not clear how to get a grip on it. I tied it all in with a young man’s impromptu memorial to gun victims earlier this year, something I also wrote about.
Here’s the latest story, with the homicide victims and robberies in an accompanying sidebar:
- “‘Never seen it this bad’: After 8 homicides, 28 armed robberies, Elkhart leaders search for solutions,” Sept. 4, 2016