Last year, the parish had seen 70 homicides through the end of August. After the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old last week, the unofficial tally for 2013 stood at 43 slayings, according to figures compiled by The Advocate. That’s a drop of about 39 percent compared to the number of killings at the same point in 2012.
After a violent January, in which nine people were killed, the parish saw a 25-day stretch without a single homicide. There was a similar span of 24 days between mid March and early April without a killing.