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APD Homicide Investigation Totals

The Albuquerque Police Department has investigated or is currently investigating 69 homicide cases involving 73 victims this year.

July 29, 2021

The Albuquerque Police Department has investigated or is currently investigating 69 homicide cases involving 73 victims this year. If the number of non-negligent murders was reported to the FBI today, that number would be 73.

However, the cause and manner of death has not been determined in five of those cases. All five cases are still under investigation, pending a final report from the Office of the Medical Examiner and/or results from toxicology tests.

Another five cases were determined to be justifiable homicides, and counted separately from non-negligent murders. There are no negligent murders, so far, for the year.

For comparison’s sake, APD investigated homicide cases involving 40 victims at this time in 2020; there were a total of 77 for the year. In 2019, APD investigated homicide cases involving 44 victims on this date; there were a total of 80 homicide victims for the entire year.

As a reminder, a running total of investigations, along with investigative updates, are posted every Monday on APD’s web site. A running list of annual comparisons is attached to this news release.

The public is urged to call Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers at 505-843-STOP with any information that may help detectives with homicide investigations.

Mayor Keller recently launched the Albuquerque Metro Crime Initiative that is bringing together experts and community leaders to strengthen the criminal justice system. APD has taken several strides toward addressing gun violence that has spiked in Albuquerque, as well as nearly every major city in the nation. Investments in the entire criminal justice system are necessary to make lasting improvements to public safety.

APD also has advocates for victims of violent crimes, including domestic violence and sex crimes. Victims, including family of homicide victims, can call 505-924-6028 to reach one of the advocates. Victim advocates can also be reached by email: [email protected].