Thursday, October 6, 2011

Boston Murder Map - On Our Way To 64K

It's "killings" that I mean by "K", not "kilobytes". Attached is a Boston Globe link that lists the 48 that have taken place in our fair city thus far this year. Considering that only about three quarters of the year have elapsed, and that 48 is neatly divisible by 3, it's as easy as pie to conclude that the count will reach 64 by the year's end.

Far and away the largest plurality (if not the majority) of the victims appear to have been young black males between the ages of 16 and 34. They were killed, with depressing regularity, in inner city neighborhoods like Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan - and the murder weapon was overwhelmingly a "Gun". The identities of some of the victims are actually "unknown". It's one thing to have the identity of the murderer remain "unknown" - which I'm sure it has in many of the cases here - but quite another to have the victim remain that way as well. The poor continue to bear the brunt of violent death, just as they continue to bear the brunt of our failed economy - and the 50 percent employment rate among inner city youth is only making matters worse. Remember that old saying that "Idle hands are the devil's workshop"?

The page for the Boston 2011 Murders also provides links to similar pages for 2008, 2009 and 2010. (The map displayed above is from 2010.)

Reviewing the list, I was surprised to learn that a 30-year old "Unknown Female" was slain at an address I walk past almost everyday on my way to (or from) work. And, no, she was not one of my hits.

Murders in Boston during 2011 (Boston Globe)

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