Wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters are dying violently in alarming numbers in Broward County, Fl., says the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Twenty-eight women and girls have been killed this year, an 87 percent increase over 2006 and a total surpassed only twice in the past decade. In at least 15 cases, police said they were killed by relatives or boyfriends. A few were slain after asking the courts for protection. Their ages range from newborn girls to an 87-year-old retiree, and they came from diverse backgrounds.
The deaths of females made up a bigger part of the homicide increase than males. “You would expect the increase would be distributed equally, but it isn’t,” said Dr. Joshua Perper, Broward County’s medical examiner. “It’s really difficult to say why there’s an increase. We really have to look at the circumstances.” County Sheriff Al Lamberti guessed that difficult economic times could be contributing to the increase in women being slain. “It’s those familial type, relationships, those are the hardest [killings] to prevent,” he said. “The victim knows the suspect and it’s a crime of passion, not something you maybe could have prevented with crime prevention programs.”