DC Reports Record Number of Murders So Far This Year



The District of Columbia is currently facing an unprecedented increase in homicides in the current year. With less than a month remaining in 2023, the nation’s capital has recorded an alarming 250 homicides, representing the highest number of murders in the past two decades.

The recent rise in homicides is in stark contrast to the previous declining pattern. In 2003, Washington, D.C. documented 248 homicides, a number that had steadily decreased to a minimum of 88 in 2012. However, according to crime statistics from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the numbers surged again thereafter.

Kathy Henderson, a commissioner representing the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, strongly criticized the increase in homicides, characterizing it as a bold resurgence of lawlessness. She emphasized the immediate necessity to protect both residents and visitors, expressing concern about the unsettling fact that the nation’s capital is at the forefront in terms of both homicides and carjackings.

In the previous year, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) recorded 189 homicides, reflecting a notable rise of more than 32% in comparison to 2022. Furthermore, there has been a substantial increase in carjackings within the city, with 908 incidents reported this year, of which 77% involved the use of firearms.

Moreover, there was a sharp increase of 93% in motor vehicle thefts, reaching a total of 6,345 incidents as opposed to 3,291 in the preceding year.

The rise in violent crime has raised alarm, evidenced by incidents like the recent carjacking involving an FBI employee and the deliberate carjacking targeting Texas Democrat Representative Henry Cuellar.

Henderson directed blame towards city officials for the upswing in crime, specifically pointing to Charles Allen, a city councilman who championed budget reductions for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and advocated for changes to the city’s criminal code in 2020.

In the midst of these occurrences, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has experienced a notable drop in the closure rate of homicide cases, leading to a substantial number of cases remaining unresolved. The families of victims, including Asiyah Timimi and Natalia Mitchell, express profound sorrow and a desire for justice in the aftermath of unsolved homicides.

The increase in criminal activities has sparked worries regarding the trust of the community in law enforcement and the necessity for prompt and efficient resolution of cases to avert a continued deterioration in safety and accountability within the district.