Number of murders in Albuquerque up over previous year

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque is in the midst of one of the deadliest years on record.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the city saw 46 murders in 2015. As of September 2016, Albuquerque has already hit that number.

City Councilor Pat Davis says staffing shortages within the Albuquerque Police Department could be partly to blame. Meanwhile, APD says having their homicide detectives focus on more civilian murders could help. That’s because another task force took over investigating officer involved shootings last year.

The department says it’s also working to curb property crime, which rose last year as well. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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