Drug trade turf disputes at center of spiking Newark homicide rate, officials say

Drug trade turf disputes at center of spiking Newark homicide rate, officials say

Some will mourn the passing of Darel Evans today, but sadly street violence in Newark has taken the lives of so many more.

The driving force behind the recent surge in violence that’s helped push the city’s homicide total past the 2014 tally is the illegal drug trade, said the city’s police director.

It’s currently unclear how, if at all, the killings are related. While declining to elaborate on the details of the incidents, Venable said that much of the violence is being caused by gang members in the city’s central and south wards.

Newark recorded 111 homicides in 2013, before the annual tally declined in 2014 to 93. But the Monday fatal shooting of Darel “Creep” Evans, who was featured in a Sundance Channel documentary series set in Newark, ensured that the slide will not continue. With Evans’s death, the homicide count now stands at 94.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

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