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Cleveland police give update on recent spate of violence, including 8 homicides this week

September 21, 2018

Cleveland police give update on recent spate of violence, including 8 homicides this week

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Police officials will provide an update on the recent rash of violence in the city that includes eight homicides this week.

Cleveland police homicide detectives and department commanders will give an update at noon.

Cleveland.com will stream the news conference on Facebook Live.

The most recent deadly shooting in Cleveland happened Wednesday night outside Zelma George Rec Center. The park outside the rec center was filled with kids and adults. A youth-league football game had to be cancelled after the gunfire erupted in the parking lot.

A 21-year-old man was killed and a 15-year-old boy was shot in both legs.

Seven others have been killed since Sunday, including the beating death of a 94-year-old woman during a home invasion in the Slavic Village neighborhood.

One arrest has been made in the eight homicides. Dettrick Walker, 18, was arrested Thursday after being charged in the Sunday afternoon slaying of Victor Maar II, 35, at a home in the West Park neighborhood.

Homicide clearance rates have plummeted in Cleveland as the number of vacancies in the homicide detective unit have piled up. The city solved 62 percent of homicides in 2015. That number dropped to 50 percent in 2018, according to city records.

Cleveland has 97 homicides for the year in 2018. The city is two homicides away from its fifth consecutive year of 100 homicides or more, marking the first time that’s happened since the crack epidemic in the 1990s.

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