2011 County homicides - too many, too soon

With 16 homicides so far already in the new year, county police and other officials are organizing a public meeting tomorrow to address concerns from county residents.

Recently, local officials and homicide detectives have been scrambling to move personnel and explain to the community why there have been so many deaths and so few arrests.

The murders include twenty-two-year-old Justin DeSha-Overcash was shot to death in the home he rented in the 8800 block of 38th Street, just across University Boulevard from College Park. His murder was the 12th of the year in Prince George’s County, which recorded 13 murders in the first 12 days of 2011.

Per Gory Prince George’s, a blogsite that tracks homicide figures in the county, the rate of homicides happenning this year is all time highest in recent years. n 2011, every 38 hours, someone in the county is killed. This figure was 96 hrs last year (with a total of 91 homicides).

The “Crime Time” meeting will take place tomorrow at 7pm-9pm at UFCW Local 400, Basement, 4301 Garden City Drive, Hyattsville.

Acting Police Chief Magaw will be the main speaker at the event. Other speakers include Cpl Rodney Gause and Cpl Erika Ervin of the Police Department’s Community Services Division.

The meeting announcement says they will discuss “steps to move forward”.

“Come find out how you can work with police to make our communities safer” – the announcement reads further.