Baltimore was nation's deadliest big city in 2017

Baltimore was nation's deadliest big city in 2017

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Each year, the FBI crunches millions of crime numbers, from Bakersfield, Calif., to Bangor, Maine.

It's data that shows Baltimore has become the nation's deadliest big city, per capita, in 2017.

In Baltimore, 56 out of every 100,000 people were a victim of a murder last year. Baltimore outpaced Detroit by more than 40 percent and had double the murder rate of Memphis.

Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott said: "Folks need to understand these aren't numbers. These are people, these are communities, these are families that are impacted."

Daniel Mullhausen was one of the people murdered in 2017. His stepmother Lisa said: "You listen to it, you read about it in the newspaper, but when it hits your family, it's a totally different story. You never think it's going to be you."

Mullhausen’s murder happened the day after Christmas. He was in the city to buy cocaine. His father John said: "He had an addiction that started to take over and control his life."

While 2017 ranked Baltimore as the nation's most dangerous big city, the number of people killed has dropped in 2018.

It comes after a 22-year high following the death of Freddie Gray and subsequent riots. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said: "We want to get violence down. We're going to get violence down. That's what we're going to continue to focus on."

In a statement from the Baltimore Police Department spokesman T.J. Smith said: "We have been working 24/7 with a strict focus on reducing violence in Baltimore. As we all are acutely aware, this problem didn’t originate overnight. There are a myriad of things we are doing to impact violence today and in the future."

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