‘We are heartbroken.’ The stories of Charlotte’s 77 homicide victims this year.

Saturday, 11 November 2017, 06:55:48 AM. Charlotte, NC, is on track to see more homicides in 2017 than any time in the past two decades. Here are the victims’ stories.
In 2017, Charlotte will likely see more homicides than at any time since the early 1990s. People have been killed all across the city, and police and community leaders are searching for ways to stop the violence. To date, there have been 76 homicides, compared with 69 in all of 2016. The victims have a median age of 29. More than 60 percent are black men. And at least three-quarters were killed with a gun. But statistics don’t reveal the whole picture of all the lives lost this year. The Observer aims to tell the stories of how these people lived, not just how they died. Victims were business owners, parents, veterans and students. Some were trying to get their lives back on track after getting involved with crime; some were just barely starting their lives. Nine victims so far were younger than 20. To tell their stories, we need your help. If your friend or family member was killed in Charlotte this year, we hope you’ll share their story with us so we can build on what’s published here. Please call 704-358-5128 or email public safety reporter Jane Wester at jwester@charlotteobserver.com. Last updated on Nov. 10. Nov. 4 - Jaqual Malik Bennett Charlotte’s 77th homicide of the year was found early Saturday morning in the driveway of a southeast Charlotte home. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have identified the victim as Jaqual Malik Bennett, 18. It happened in the 1800 block of Village Lake Drive at 3:40 a.m. Saturday, police said, and the victim pronounced dead at the scene by...Read more
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