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Memphis homicide statistics: a new perspective on the numbers

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A look at the ages of this year's homicide suspects shows more than half are 18-25 years old. It's a new perspective on the murders in Memphis that have so many people demanding solutions and an end to the violence.

Although we know the number of people killed so far in the streets of Memphis, what cannot be measured are the countless tears, lives torn apart, and prayers said following those tragedies.

"They didn't do anything for my baby," Terri Johnson said. "They just left her lying there."

Johnson's daughter, Myneishia Johnson, was gunned down in Downtown Memphis just a week before she was scheduled to graduate from Booker T. Washington High School.

Contained within the 91 homicide victims in Memphis are an overwhelming majority of black males. Second to that are black females.

Memphis Police Department has released the ages of both the victims and suspects in those 91 homicides.

Homicide victims by age
Victim's age Number of Victims
Unborn 4
0-12 2
13-17 9
18-24 20
25-34 34
35-44 6
45-54 9
55 and over 7

Suspects arrested 

Suspects age Number of suspects
0-12 1
13-17 3
18-24 37
25-34 12
35-44 8
45-54 2
55 and over 2

That's an age range that may seem hard to tap into for many.

"Even if it's difficult, it is not impossible," Dr. Jeffery Ryan Futrell said.

Dr. Futrell is President of Young Man University and said it is not a hopeless situation. He said his program reaches the youth, but also specifically works with Memphis Men in their early to mid 20s.

"To see those numbers, then we get back to that notion that we are not going to save them all and I don't believe that," Dr. Futrell said.

He said stopping the violence starts with education, teaching entrepreneurship, and showing these men that a different reality is possible.

"At the end of hope, it's the worst death," Dr. Futrell said.

In total, there were only four suspects under the age of 18.

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