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Homicides up 300 percent in Niagara Falls

Posted at 6:38 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 23:04:36-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — We’ve been telling you for weeks about the violent crime uptick in Niagara Falls. Four people have been killed in September alone, two of them women.

Now, both local, state and federal law enforcement partners are coming together to tackle this disturbing uptick in violence.

Homicide in the Falls is up 300% according to U.S. Attorney J.P. Kennedy for the Western District of New York. So far 14 people have been killed in the Falls this year, that's compared to just four last year.

"Today, the biggest risk to people living in our inner cities is violent crime," said U.S. Attorney Kennedy.

Niagara Falls Police say it isn't just gang related but a mix.

Law Enforcement in Niagara County has formed the Niagara County violent crime task force, which will focus on the Falls and getting illegal guns off the streets.