The Tallahassee Police Department says while it was an average year for the Sheriff's Office, Tallahassee police saw a jump in the number of homicides, but both agencies say when it comes to murders, there really isn't a standard or an expectation, only a drive to catch all suspects.
It's been a very busy year for the homicide unit at Tallahassee Police Department.
J.B. Johnson of the Tallahassee Police Department says, "This year we've had 12, the previous year we had three. On average, we have seven. These things come and go. Fortunately, we've been very successful at resolving most of these cases."
TPD still has two of those 12 murder cases still opened with no known suspects.
J.B. Johnson says, "We have two that remain unsolved. We have the case of O.C. Walker and Delia McMillen, but we will work hard to solve these cases."
For the Leon County Sheriff's Office, it's been a different kind of year.
DET James Diordano says, "The Sheriff's Office homicide rate is down. We've had four homicides. In years past it's been much higher, but we're keeping in line with the national trend."
Both agencies agree there is no trend in the Tallahassee area, and it's impossible to figure out what will happen one year to the next and investigators say, "You're more likely to be killed by a loved one than a stranger."
TPD says this year most of the homicides thay’ve investigated have been situations where the victims knew the killers on some level.
TPD and LCSO say when compared to those communities, Tallahassee is much lower, but TPD says Tallahassee citizens are also very quick to help the local law enforcement.