Bucking U.S. Trend, San Antonio Murders Increased Last Year


San Antonio police counted 88 murders last year, up from 79 in 2010, says the San Antonio Express-News. Thirty-eight of last year’s cases remain unsolved. The proportion of cases unsolved jumped from 24 percent to 39 percent in a year. “What we’re seeing a lot of, more than any other, is what we have categorized as 'stranger murders,'” said Police Chief William McManus.

“If I’m in a bar, for example, and I look at someone’s girlfriend and they don’t like the way I look at her,” McManus said, “and then they see me in the parking lot and shoot and kill me. (Those types of murders) are practically impossible to prevent.” San Antonio’s numbers are unusual, said Larry Hoover, director of the Police Research Center at Sam Houston State University. Most of the U.S. has seen a decrease in homicides. Despite national trends, relatives of local victims are left grasping for answers.

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