The city of Fayetteville has matched a record set several years ago in the number of homicides recorded this past year.
Police spokesman Sgt. Jeremy Glass says 33 homicides in 2020 include the shooting death of a 7-year-old child and two manslaughter cases. On average, Fayetteville homicides number in the mid-twenties annually.
Glass said authorities are waiting on the state’s chief medical examiner’s findings in two other cases.
The detective division is compiling an annual report which will include the identities of murder victims, the alleged perpetrators, causes of death and arrests in every homicide.
A formal report will be issued in February according to Glass.