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Richmond Homicide Rate highest in nearly a decade

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From 2015 to 2016, the number of homicides in the City of Richmond has jumped from 34 to 57, the most in nearly a decade.

The most recent homicide victim is 25-year-old Tychelle Johnson. The mother of three was found shot in her home Thursday morning.

"This is affecting the whole city, and we're talking about homicides, not the other crimes," said Charles Willis of United Communities Against Crime.

Recent numbers from Richmond Police show the following:

2015: 34
2016: 57

2015: 150
2016: 178
Violent Crimes
2015: 1,017
2016: 1,163

Thursday night marked the 179th shooting in Richmond, happening in Church Hill. Police say a man was shot in the leg while walking in the 3600 block of Government Road.

The violence has created an uphill battle for RPD to face daily. Chief Alfred Durham says their department is holding on and in need of more officers as they investigate so many violent crimes.

"Our detectives are working hard, between the homicides and assaults involved in shootings, they're doing the best they can," explained Chief Durham. 

Community advocates are calling for change, through teaching better conflict resolution in communities and through residents speaking up whenever they have any information about crimes.

"Richmond, we've got to wake up and be about the business of solving crime in our own community," said Willis.

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