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Albuquerque shatters homicide record in 2021

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque has shattered its annual homicide record, marking 117 killings within city limits in 2021.

The previous record of 80 was set in 2019. The Albuquerque Journal reports that all but three of the 2021 killings are being investigated by Albuquerque police. City officials and family members of many victims have pointed to a lack of consequences for repeat offenders as one of the reasons Albuquerque continues struggling with crime.

In December, the city also named 14 people to its gun violence prevention and intervention task force. The group will be working on recommendations over the next year.