Apr 24, 2011 4:58 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Rising murder rates bring third largest city to forefront

Our partners at the Gazette have reported that the murder rates between Colorado Springs and Pueblo are drawing ever closer to becoming a contender for Colorado's deadliest community a title neither city would like to garner.

Pueblo is Colorado's third largest city with a population of just over 100,000 and according to the Gazette has netted seven homicides so far in 2011. Pueblo Police say it is possible that a shooting in February which was reported as a suicide could soon be reclassified as a murder. If this becomes the case Pueblo would surpass Colorado Springs by two murders, a sad statistic with Colorado Springs being nearly four times the size in population to Pueblo.

The gazette goes on to point out that Denver with a population of more than 600,000 people, has netted only about 10 homicides during the same period, a far lower homicide rate given the dramatic difference in population.

"I think it's become a dangerous place to live," said Dorothy Jacobs, a Pueblo native who echoed concerns of fellow shoppers along downtown's Abriendo Drive.

Jacobs is a mother of two, who works in a local manufacturing plant, commented that the killings demonstrate an atmosphere of decline in Pueblo, and a rise in gang activity seems to be consuming the local neighborhoods.

Pueblo police are reluctant to point out one trend over another when explaining the sudden rise in these most violent of crimes.

The Gazette goes on to cite several more examples in their article;






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