Most Denver murders happen at night

Why does it feel like a shock when there’s a murder in the middle of a workday in LoDo? Because it’s really rare.

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Why does it feel like a shock when there’s a murder in the middle of a workday in LoDo? Because it’s really rare.

Crime data from the Denver Police Department shows there were 104 murder incidents from Aug. 23, 2013 to May 29, 2016.

Fifty-five of the incidents took place during nighttime hours – 8:31 p.m. to 4:59 a.m., or about one third of a day, the data shows.

The remaining 49 incidents occurred in Denver between 5 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Denver police categorize murders as follows:

  • Homicide of a police officer with a gun
  • Homicide of a police officer with a weapon
  • Homicide by gun
  • Homicide by a stranger with a gun
  • Homicide by a stranger with a weapon
  • Homicide by a family member
  • Homicide by negligence
  • Homicide by other means

Most of the 104 murders – 92 incidents or 88 percent – were reported as “homicide by other means.”

Eleven homicides by a family member and one homicide by negligence were also reported.

Business & data reporter Adrian D. Garcia can be reached via email at agarcia@denverite.com or twitter.com/adriandgarcia.

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