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181st Memphis homicide victim identified

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A man shot in August has since died from his injuries, putting the city at 181 homicides for the year. The death comes just after the city has experienced the deadliest week so far in 2016, according to records.

Memphis Police Department said Donald Wilson, 40, was shot in his front yard in Parkway Village on August 6.

Wilson noticed several people in his yard, so he went outside to see what was going on. That's when one of the people pulled a gun on him and shot him.

Wilson was taken to the hospital in critical condition. On October 17, Wilson was pronounced dead.

The people responsible for Wilson's death have not been arrested or identified.

The families of each and every one of the 181 homicide victims are still dealing with their loss, while the homicide number itself continues to grow.

"Like, she didn't deserve what happened to her," Dominique Wilkins, whose sister was killed in weekend homicide, said. "Now I can't see her or talk to her. It hurts."

Wilkins' family is among the many that are still hurting. 

Families of those like Telessa Cain's family. Cain was a grandmother that was shot and killed as she was simply driving down the street last week.

"It is astonishing to see people leaving here foolishly like this," Allen Richardson, sister killed in last week's homicide, said.

Looking at the numbers

* Total number of homicides so far in the city for 2016: 181
* Number of victims that knew their attacker: 88

As for the other 93 remaining victims, police said it is unknown if or how they knew their attacker. Mayor Jim Strickland said most of the city's homicides are gang-related or resulting from domestic violence.

"It should not be the norm in this city and we don't accept it as the norm," Strickland said. 

With so many families left hurting and burying loved ones, they said enough is enough and they are calling for a change.

"We have to move out of fear and become a city on common grounds," Richardson said.

Response from MPD to homicides

Memphis Police Department said it is doing all it can to decrease the rising rate of violent crime. The department is utilizing various resources and units to respond to and prevent violent crime. Some of the actions implemented by the department are:

1. Implementation of the Gang-Response Team - This team works side-by-side with uniform patrol to identify the areas with the most reported violent crimes; such as aggravated assault and homicide. Officers are able to compile statistical data that drives to deployment of both uniform patrol and Organized Crime.

2. Multi-Agency Gang Unit. Although this unit was first implemented in 2012 and has been very successful, members of this unit are now responding to homicide scenes to assist in gathering information that may help prevent future incidents or possible retaliation.

3. Continued efforts by the Community Outreach Program.

4. Utilization of Crime Stoppers- publicly providing details pertaining to ongoing investigations and requesting assistance from the public.

5. Working with other local law enforcement agencies such as Tennessee Highway Patrol, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Marshals Service.

6. Continued utilization of the Real Time Crime Center, Blue C.R.U.S.H., and partnering with University of Memphis criminology specialists to delve deeper into crime statistics.

Memphis Police Department issued a statement that also urged Memphians to do their part in preventing the homicides and not responding with violence.

We are committed in analyzing gathered information to assist us with the deployment of officers and ALL resources that are available us.  We will continue to be proactive in our efforts.

We are continuously working on ways to reduce all crime; however, the Memphis Police Department cannot combat these problems alone. As a community, we must take a stand. We are asking Memphians to choose restraint over violence. Only you can control how you respond to an incident. These killings MUST stop.

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