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Looking back on a year punctuated by violence – such as a quadruple homicide in a South Valley mobile home park, a 9-year-old girl found in a drainage tunnel and a dispute over an Uber ride turned deadly – APD Lt. Scott Norris said identifying a driving factor is impossible.
“There’s not one thing in particular you can attribute it to,” he said. “It is a combination of several things. Whether it be addiction, poverty, lack of education, breakdown of the family unit. Those things lead to an escalation in crime.”
The Albuquerque Police Department dealt with 82 slayings in 2019.