Charlotte murder rate lowest in 24 years

Charlotte murder rate lowest in 24 years

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on January 3, 2013 at 12:56 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- No crime is more devastating than murder. Not only is it the taking of a life, but families deal with the aftermath for years.

"When you lose a loved one it's a never ending cycle. There is years, there is birthdays you don’t celebrate,” said Susie Barber.

She is the foster mother of Tiffany Wright, the pregnant 15-year-old who was gunned down at her school bus stop in 2009.

Barber applauds the progress on Charlotte’s murder front. Police say that 52 people were killed last year, a 24-year low.

"I’m grateful for it to be, for the homicide rate to be low. However, one is too many," she said.

Judy Williams of Mothers of Murdered Offspring shares those feelings. She is encouraged by the low number, but she does not want the community to think that the job is done.

"The numbers say that something good is happening. That all of our efforts together are starting to work," said Williams.

She praises the police, but she also hopes that more people are getting the message that murder is not the way.

"We hope it will be even less, way less if we can continue to reach people's hearts. We got to affect their minds because if we don't, nothing stops them," said the M.O.M.O. leader.

Police solved 75% of last year’s cases. That clearance rate is higher than the national average.

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