There have been at least 26 murders between January and August 2022. The steps involved in the following analysis are similar to my 2020 analysis.
Notes to Table 1: Data was manually extracted (i.e., I manually checked the websites of various media entities e.g., typically Nation News and Barbados Today).
Note to Chart 1: 26% of murders – so far – took place in August 2022.
Note to Chart 2: 69% of murders took place in the parish of St. Michael.
Note to Chart 3: 79% of murders were shooting related (excluding Unknown).
Note to Chart 4: Age data was available for 25 of the 26 victims. Average age of victim = 35 years old. Youngest victims = 20, Oldest victim = 86. 48% of all victims were between 25 and 34 years old (excluding Unknown).
Note to Chart 5: The first female murder victim of the year was 44-year-old Caroline Baird (shooting related incident in St. Michael). Shortly thereafter (either the same or the following day), 86-year-old – also the eldest victim – Gloria Leacock was killed (I cannot ascertain how it happened, but in terms of where, it was reported as taking place in the parish of St. Peter).
Note to Chart 6: I define the workweek as running from Monday to Thursday, and the weekend as running from Friday to Sunday. 57% of murders happened during the workweek.
Note to Chart 7: 19% of murders happened on a Saturday.
Note to Chart 8: The time reported in The Media of the incident is what I use to assign murders to one of four time slots. However, it is important to note that in some cases, this may not be when the victim was attacked (or their time of death). For example, in the case of Trey Akeem Kemar Murray (June 7), The Nation reported that police arrived at the scene at 8:15 PM. As that was the only time mentioned, I used this and assigned it to the “F” period: 8 PM to 12 AM. Also, the Unknown represents Gloria Leacock.
That being said, 64% of murders occurred between 8 PM and 12 AM (excluding Unknown).
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