2016 Closes with 59 Homicides in S.F.

Despite being higher than last year, the number is quite low for a major metropolitan city.

The numbers are in: according to our sister site San Francisco Examiner, the 2016 homicide count for the city in capped out at 59 people. This is a slight increase on last year’s numbers, when 53 people were murdered.

The last two murders of the year took place in the early evening of Dec. 29. Laurice Barrett, a 39-year-old South San Francisco man, was shot at 5:14 p.m. on the 200 block of Golden Gate Avenue. A second victim was also shot, but survived the attack.

A little more than an hour later, around 6:30 p.m. 39-year-old Mathew Fiame was gunned down on the 200 block of Valencia Street, outside restaurant Burma Love. He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

If you’re curious when and where the year’s murders took place, San Francisco Examiner has created an interactive map of the city’s 2016 homicides, with locations and details of the victims:

Three of the year’s shootings involved SFPD—Luis Gongora was shot and killed by police in April in the Mission. One month later Jessica Williams was shot and killed by an officer in the Bayview, spurring the resignation of Chief Suhr.  And in October, Nicholas McWherter shot a police officer, and was subsequently shot and killed.

While murders do tend to get their fair share of media attention, 59 murders in a dense urban city such as San Francisco is actually quite low when comparing numbers with other major metropolitan areas. The New York Daily News counted 334 homicides in New York in 2016. Los Angeles had 294, according to the LA Times.

But sadly it was Chicago who took this unwelcome win. 762 murders took place in the windy city in 2016, the highest rate in two decades.

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