BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – An East Baton Rouge Coroner van is an all to common sight in the Capital City this year.
In 2020, there were 136 homicides in the parish.
This year, the parish has seen 49 homicides as of Monday, April 19.
Around this same time last year, EBR had 33 confirmed homicides.
2020 was a record year in the parish for homicides.
Dr. Beau Clark, EBR Coroner says, “this uptick in homicides so far this year is both concerning and tragic, especially when compared with this same time period of 2020. 2020 set a homicide record for East Baton Rouge Parish, and we seem to be on a trajectory to surpass that sad milestone.”
These numbers provided by the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office provide a look into how homicides have fluctuated since 1999.
In September of last year, Mayor Broome announced the creation of the ‘Safe, Hopeful, Healthy Initiative’ to help slow the violence in Baton Rouge.
The Baton Rouge Union of Police said this when asked about the uptick in homicide numbers:
The Men and Women that serve the citizens of the Baton Rouge Police are suffering. Long hours, lack of adequate salary, short staffed, and leadership that is clearly unaware of the state of morale that is lower than ever before. Officers are fatigued and down right frustrated. Obviously the numbers show a city growing ever more violent which in turn makes their work even more dangerous. These officers need the public’s help. Not only with staying vigilant against crime. They need the voices of the people that care to speak up.