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Sacramento sees most homicides since 2008

January 02, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —Police are trying to figure out what caused the number of homicides to increase drastically in 2015, up from 28 in 2014 to 43.More people were killed in Sacramento in 2015 than any other year since 2008.

"There's no rhyme or reason to why we have the obvious uptick in homicides," Sacramento Police Officer Traci Trapani said.

Sacramento police said the increase in homicides is occurring nationwide, and that more community help is needed to combat it.

"Best case scenario: We want to solve every single homicide, but it's going to come down to the community helping us out with witness accounts and further information,” Trapani said. “Their information, or that one statement, can mean the solving of a homicide or an arrest made.”

There was also a major change in the number of cases solved – 87 percent of 2014’s homicides were solved compared to just 49 percent of the 2015 cases.

"They're very thorough investigations, and it takes a lot of time to solve them," Trapani said. "So, a lot of the 2014 cases were actually solved in 2015."

You don't need to look any further than Dr. Nicole Clavo to see how Sacramento's higher homicide rate is taking its toll on the community. In November, her son Jaulon Clavo was shot and killed while driving to his football game at Grant Union High School.

"I probably have not been to his grave site once where I didn't cry, where I didn't break down and become emotional," Clavo said of the time since.

His murder remains unsolved despite a $40,000 reward for information.

"It's disheartening, it's sad," Clavo said. "Not the fact that no one wants the money, but the fact that no one had the compassion or the love within themselves to bring closure to the situation."

Police are hoping new technologies like ShotSpotter, which listens for gunfire using microphones placed around the city, will help lower the homicide rate and help solve more cases.

In 2006, the city had a record 57 homicides.