Atlanta violence: Nearly 60% more murders so far this year amid crime wave

Murders in Atlanta have spiked nearly 60% year to date, with almost two dozen more killings reported so far compared to 2020’s statistics, police department data shows. 

There have been 58% more murders, or 63, reported so far in 2021, compared to last year’s 40, as of June 5, Atlanta Police Department statistics show. 

Just earlier this month, a 71-year-old man died after he was attacked with a hammer, according to FOX 5. The man, identified as Eddie Lewis, was in a coma for six days but ultimately could not be saved.

"We all loved him," his daughter, Shannon Alexander said. "No matter how he lived his life, no one deserved to be beaten as he was."

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Murders in the Georgia city have been up nearly every week so far this year, with only the first data tracking period, from Dec. 27, 2020, to Jan. 2, 2021, showing a decrease. Outside of that, year-to-date homicides were consistently up year over year.

Crime in 2020 was the highest it’s been in decades, with violence reaching levels unseen in the past 20 years, FOX 5 Atlanta reported earlier this year.

According to the report, at least 154 murders had been reported by the end of 2020, compared to the 94 recorded in 2019. 

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