DENVER – Data show 2018 was the deadliest year in Denver’s recent history.
The Denver Post reports figures compiled by Denver police, the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner and The Denver Post show 67 people died by homicide in Denver last year, the highest number recorded for the city since 2004.
It’s the fourth year in a row that the number of killings in the city has remained level or climbed.
The number of homicides per capita – 9.5 per 100,000 people – also reached its highest point since 2005.
The killings prompted promises from Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen to deal with concerns about crime in the downtown Five Points neighborhood. Mayor Michael Hancock issued a statement saying “recent tragedies in the neighborhood are unacceptable.”