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Note to Table 1: The data was obtained from reports in the Media and keyed into an Excel sheet for end of month analysis. However, the same data is also keyed into the online database at murders.opendatabarbados.org for immediate access.
Notes to Chart 1: 7 of the 34 murders (21%) took place in August. There has been an average of 3.4 murders per month (Jan to Oct period).
Note to Chart 2: 20 of the 34 (59%) murders took place in the parish of St. Michael.
Note to Chart 3: 25 of the 32 (78%) murders were shooting related (excluding Unknown).
Notes to Chart 4: Age data was available for 33 of the 34 victims. Average age of victim = 34.5 years old. Youngest victims = 20, Oldest victim = 86. 18 of the 33 victims (55%), 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.
Note to Chart 7: 8 of the 34 reported murders (24%) happened on Friday.
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. Unknown means there was no time mentioned, or if a time was mentioned, it may not be reliable (in my opinion). That being said, 65% (20 of the 31) murders took place between 8 PM and 12 AM.
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