Tied at 191: Number of homicides rivals totals deaths due to COVID in St. Louis city this year

By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - As the coronavirus death rate continues to decline in the City of St. Louis, by the end of the year the city could see more deaths classified as homicides than COVID-19-related deaths.

With over three and half months left in the year St. Louis City could see one of the deadliest years in the city since the early 1990s. As of September 9, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Division reported 191 homicides in St. Louis City, which is almost as many as the entire year of 2019, which reported 194 homicides. 

Both homicides and the coronavirus are killing people in the city with the two problems affecting two very different age groups. 

The most recent St. Louis City data reports that as of September 9, there were 191 deaths in the city from the coronavirus.  With the majority of deaths happening to people 70-years-old and older.

In the city, there were zero coronavirus deaths reported in people 29-years-old and younger.  However, the majority of the city’s homicide victims are 29-years-old and under, with 13 of those victims being 17-year-old and under.

There have been only two COVID-19 deaths reported in St. Louis in the last 13 days. 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announces a million dollar federal grant to try to stem the violence

We know we have a serious issue with violent crime in Missouri, and the Serving Our Streets Initiative is a very valuable tool in addressing these issues at the local level.

— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) September 9, 2020

The grant goes to the Urban League, which says it will use the money for job training, drug treatment, and to hire conflict-resolution counselors who try to prevent violence. In some instances, where conflict can't be avoided, people fearing for their lives will be offered help to relocate to other cities.

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