Little Rock homicides up, with questions but few answers

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Posted: Aug 08, 2017 6:53 PM
Little Rock homicides up, with questions but few answers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Community activists in Little Rock are urging witnesses to step forward to help solve the latest killing in Arkansas' capital city, where the homicide rate is inching toward a level unseen in two decades.

Fifty-year-old Daniel Dewayne Lewis died in a home-invasion robbery early Sunday. Lewis often volunteered to help his neighbors and local school children.

It was the 39th homicide in Little Rock this year, pushing the city closer to a mark not seen since its gang wars of the early 1990s.

City Director Ken Richardson said Tuesday that too many people accept a high homicide rate as "normal activity" when it should be considered an aberration.