Local Homicide Rates Soar After Deadly Holiday Weekend
Phenix City Murder Rate Jumps From 7 in 2018 to 13 This Year
While much has been made of stranger abductions since the Aniah Blanchard case, in reality the vast majority of homicides are committed by someone known to the victim. Such is the case for recent soaring homicide rates in Columbus and Phenix City.
Phenix City Police are investigating the City’s 13th murder so far in 2019, up nearly fifty percent in a single year. Phenix City recorded just seven homicides in 2018.
Investigators tell First News Jasper Jermaine Miller shot his own uncle, Kishard Miller once in the chest in the wee hours of Sunday morning and fled the scene in a 1998 tan Lincoln Town Car. Phenix City Police are still searching for the person of interestj, considered armed and dangerous.
In Columbus overnight, 28 year old Jamad Humphrey was identified as the 35th murder on this side of the Chattahoochee River exceeding last year’s tally of 34.
In an eerie Facebook post late last month, Humphrey appears to taunt telling his audience to “shoot at me in real life”. An unnamed suspect appeared to take him up on the offer late Sunday night.
The fatal shooting took place on Terminal Court in South Columbus. Police are still looking for a suspect.
Columbus topped last year’s homicide total but not the annual record which stands at 43 murders in a single year recorded back in 2017.