Black People : NEW ORLEANS, AND THE CYCLE OF DEATH...

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  1. Isaiah

    Isaiah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    How New Orleans became the MURDER CAPITAL of the United States...

    DEATH


    Sunday February 08, 2004


    By Steve Ritea and Tara Young
    Staff writers

    The word on the street was that Ahmad Edge, a crack dealer known as Juvenile to his customers, was working with federal agents.

    Although the rumor would prove patently false, a rival dealer known only as Big L put a price on Edge's head, and in due course, someone collected. A single bullet was fired into the back of Edge's skull, and he fell dead on a 7th Ward street.

    Robert Hoobler, a seasoned New Orleans police detective working the case, knew that the cycle of vengeance on the city's streets gave him little time to catch Edge's killer.

    "Most of us have a feeling they'll get killed if we don't catch them," he said of the city's murderers.

    Sure enough, less than six weeks later, the detective found the suspect in Edge's killing dead in the street of multiple gunshot wounds -- retribution, Hoobler said, not for Edge's death but for some other murder.

    Edge was the city's first homicide victim in 2003, and his death and the chain of retaliation that ensued set the tone for the year. By year's end, the city had recorded 275 murders -- the fourth consecutive year of increases and the highest number since 1996.

    The total gave New Orleans the highest per-capita homicide rate in the nation among major cities, a distinction it earned for the second consecutive year. In 2002, with 257 murders, New Orleans had 53 slayings for every 100,000 people. In 2003, the rate was up to 59 per 100,000, more than eight times greater than the rate in New York City and three times greater than in Chicago.

    "We won the prize, no doubt," said criminologist Peter Scharf, director of the Center for Society, Law and Justice at the University of New Orleans, which has surveyed the nation's major cities and found New Orleans to have the highest murder rate for last year. "We were off the chart in terms of the rate of homicide nationally."

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    deep stuff the rate still rising cross the states Chicago rate going up from the times of
    1998 but fell a little back in 2001 but have taken a twist again on the rise .................

    New Orleans rise don't come as a shock but suprisingly that the rate now sure pass other
    cities in this era.
     
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