Eyewitness News anchor Samica Knight is going beyond the headlines, speaking with survivors of violent crimes and getting answers to your questions.Panelists for Thursday’s town hall include:
- Andy Kahan, Crime Stoppers of Houston director of victim services
- Kim Ogg, Harris County District Attorney
- Chief Troy Finner, Houston Police Department
- Rania Mankarious, Crime Stoppers of Houston CEO
In 2020, Houston saw a 42% rise in murders as more than 400 people lost their lives, all while the city grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic, layoffs and business closures, and international conversations on racism, from violence against our AAPI community to tensions between police and our Black and Latino communities.
In January, a glimmer of hope with the arrival of Houston’s first COVID-19 vaccines was dulled by a wave of shootings that killed at least 10 teenagers.
As April began, Houston was already nearing the city’s 100th homicide in 2021, up from 75 murders during the same time last year.Mayor Sylvester Turner told ABC13 he is optimistic 2021 will not be as deadly as he made addressing the violence his top priority. While the mayor said he would provide every resource possible to HPD, Finner told Eyewitness News he is laser focused on enacting reforms he believes will save lives.
Anyone with information on homicides and violent crimes can make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Houston online or by dialing 713-222-TIPS (8477).
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