NEW ORLEANS – For the first three-quarters of 2013, 112 people have been murdered in New Orleans, according to data compiled by WWLTV.com.
If the current trend continues for the final three months of 2013, the city could see the lowest murder total since 2006, when the city’s population was a fraction of its current size due to Hurricane Katrina. The 162 murders in 2006 are lowest since 1999 when the city had 159 murders.
(Click image to see map of murders in 2013.) With a monthly average of 12.4 murders per month so far in 2013, the murder total would be even under the historic low of 159 in 1999 with then-Superintendent Richard Pennington.
Of the monthly murder tallies in 2013, March had the most murders in 2013 with 20 and August had the lowest at 9.
Counting the additional six murder victims of October, 104 of the victims have been males and 14 victims have been female. The average age is 29.9. The youngest victim has been one-year-old Londyn Samuels, and the oldest victim was 83-year-old Edward Richardson.
Gunfire has claimed the life of 106 of the 118 victims. The average time of day for the murders is 3 p.m. A murder is occuring every .42 days in New Orleans in 2013 -- nearly one murder for every two days.
Through Oct. 8, the Eighth District of the New Orleans Police Department, which encompasses the French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny and the Central Business District, has had the fewest murders with one. And the Fourth District, which serves Algiers, has had 11. The Fifth District has experienced the most murders with 22.