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The Raw Homicide Numbers of 2021

by: ABQRAW Staff Posted: November 5, 2021 / 2:30PM MDT Updated:

Albuquerque -

January 8th, 2021 was the first homicide of 2021 when Nathaniel Natonabah shot and killed his girlfriend in the Albuquerque area.

The homicides never slowed down as Albuquerque has since averaged 13 homicides a month. There have been some instances where 3 plus homicide victims have been killed in a 24 hour period. The most recent violent stretch was 6 homicides in a 5 day period.

ABQ RAW has been tracking all the homicides in Albuquerque through open record requests, tips, anonymous sources, and cooperating police agencies and most importantly the OMI (Office of the Medical Investigator).

The homicide total as of 11/5/2021 is 130. ABQ RAW counts OMI’s determination and definition of a Homicide which is as follows:

A handbook from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the National Association of Medical Examiners defines homicide as when a death results from ”… a volitional act committed by another person to cause fear, harm or death. Intent to cause death is a common element but is not required for classification as homicide.”

APD has decided NOT to count "justified shootings” in their homicide count, even tho as stated above the OMI does not have a category for “justified” homicide, only HOMICIDE. There have been some instances APD changed homicides to it's own classification.

Here is a break down of how many confirmed homicide investigations area police agencies have investigated in Albuquerque Albuquerque Police Department: 115

Bernalillo County Sheriff Office: 11

New Mexico State Police: 3

FBI: 1

TOTAL: 130

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