While Florida’s crime rate has steadily dropped over the last few
years, homicides in Volusia and Flagler counties hit a 15-year high last
year. In all, 32 people were killed in the two counties in 2017, an increase
of 19 from the previous year.
In April, a bike gang member was found with knife wounds all over his body
in an alley near the rear door of a bar. In July, a Florida woman killed
her former boyfriend and cut off his arms and legs, which she discarded
20 miles away from the murder. In November, a man stabbed his ex-girlfriend
after an argument. In December, authorities found the body of a missing
woman in the trunk of a vehicle that was used to flee from deputies after
a short chase.
There was at least one homicide every month last year in the two-county
region, with May being the bloodiest—5 people were killed. The longest
stretch without a murder was 35 days. According to authorities, the majority
of the homicides involved victims killed by a relative. Most involved
firearms and many were drug-related.
“It’s a weird thing. You can have strategies in place one year
and get 10 and the next year you have the same exact strategies in place
and you get 32,” said Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.
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