Crime Beat

ABQ On Pace to Shatter 2021 Homicide Record

Busy Mother’s Day weekend brings Albuquerque homicide victim count to 56.

Murder takes no holidays.

Five people were killed in the last 72 hours in Albuquerque, bringing the Duke City’s unofficial death toll to 56.

On Mother’s Day, a man allegedly under investigation for sexual assault murdered two teenagers, including his alleged victim, before killing himself outside Party City by Cottonwood Mall. On Saturday, police had homicide detectives on the scene of a man found in a Nob Hill apartment. And on Monday morning, detectives were investigating the shooting death of an identified person near Candelaria and San Mateo NE.

Albuquerque didn’t surpass the 50-murder mark in 2021 until the first week of June. At nearly one murder every other day so far, 2022 Albuquerque is on track to hit 158 murders for the year — nearly 40% higher than the record 114 set in 2021.

New Mexico’s most populated city tallied 76 murders in 2020, 80 in 2019, and 69 in 2018, according to data from the City of Albuquerque.

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