Figures show a child is killed in Memphis every 10 days


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2020 continues to prove to be a record-breaking and violent year for Memphis.

As of September 29, 27 children were victims of this year’s murders in the city.

FOX13 has broken down the numbers and learned this translates into a child being killed every 10 days, according to data released by the Memphis Police Department.

To put that into perspective, the average class size for high school students in Tennessee is also 27, according to data from

Of these, 21 were killed, four were shot and two were sentenced to justified murders.

Suspects have been arrested or identified in 12 of those cases, and 9 investigations are ongoing

On Monday, a 12-year-old boy died in a double shooting accident in Whitehaven, the 229th murder in the city in 2020.

The victim was playing outside when the Crillion Drive shooting happened.

Police said the suspects fled in a white SUV.

Last July, law enforcement officials held a press conference about the alarming number of children still dying from armed violence in the city.

Officials put names on the numbers:

Jaden Knox, 10, was killed in a drive-by shooting in January while standing on a balcony in Orange Mound.

Hours later, a separate shooting kills 16-year-old Lacon Boyd and his 6-year-old niece Ashton Lockett at Hickory Hill.

“Where are the meetings, talks and protests of these victims?” MPD Director Mike Rallings asked. “Where’s the rage, the eagerness to find the criminals responsible? Why aren’t CrimeStoppers overrun with phone calls?”

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced a reward of $ 20,000 for information on the shooting of the three children.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said, “When we lose a child before they even know what life is and benefit from what is out there, it’s almost unbearable.”

In March, 9-year-old Xavier Jackson was shot and killed in the Canterbury Woods apartment complex.

Later that month, another child was killed in the Fox Meadows neighborhood.

In April, 7-year-old Aison Golden was killed in Fraser.

In August, Brandon Fleming, a 17-year-old student at Booker T. Washington High School, was shot dead near downtown.

Earlier this month, the Whitehaven community expressed mourning over the loss of a student and soccer player at Whitehaven High School.

Demetrius Robinson, 17, was shot dead at a gas station on Elvis Presley Street on September 3.

This year would have been Robinson’s big soccer season.

The number of children killed in Memphis this year is part of an alarming increase in armed violence and killings in the city.

According to the MPD, 205 people were killed in the city this year compared to 129 this time last year.


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