UPDATE: The victims killed Sunday night have been identified as Deisy Garcia, 21, and her two daughters, ages 1 and 2. All three were stabbed many times each. The police are looking for Garcia’s husband, who is nowhere to be found. Many knives were found at the scene. A photo of this young family, taken from Facebook, can be seen in the original story below.
The boroughs of Manhattan and Queens suffered a spate of stabbings Sunday. Nine people were stabbed in five separate incidents across New York City.
The first incident involved a wild fight at a Hell’s Kitchen nightclub around 3 a.m., in which three clubbers were stabbed. Seven suspected escaped in a sedan and fled the scene. The three victims are expected to survive.
Around 3:30 a.m., in Jamaica, Queens, a man was stabbed in the neck, rendering him unconscious. According to the police, no arrests have been made. The man is in critical condition.
Earlier Sunday morning, around 4:30 a.m., a man in his 20s got into a fight with two other men while on the J train and was stabbed in the neck and back while getting off the train in Queens. Police are still looking for the two male suspects; one suspect was wearing a Yankees jacket and the other was wearing a blue, hooded sweatshirt. The stabbing victim was quickly transported to Jamaica Hospital, and will likely survive the attack.
While waiting for a bus in Queens, a 43-year-old woman was stabbed several times. The attack occurred around 6:30 a.m. The woman told police she did not know her attacker; she was taken to Jamaica Hospital and is in stable condition.
Around 7 p.m., police discovered the bodies of a woman and two children in an apartment building in Queens, on Sutphin Blvd. The three bodies appeared to have been stabbed in the chest, and an investigation is underway, with the father a possible suspect. The woman and children were found when someone called 911; the woman was 21 years old, and the children, one and three. A bloody knife was found beside the bodies.
With six stabbings and three deaths on Sunday alone, Manhattan and Queens suffered a spate of brutal stabbings. Five stabbing victims will survive, and one is clinging to life in a local hospital.
Homicide in New York City
Not even a week passed after New Year 2014 when eight murders occurred throughout New York City. After seeing the crime rate dip in 2013, with a total of 334 homicides, these killings served as a stark reminder the eradication of violence continues throughout the nation. If the murder rate continues at this pace, New York City could be seeing a huge increase of 75 percent in killings.
Although the homicide rate dipped in 2013, a large number of them remain unsolved. The New York Daily News conducted an investigation into the reasons why. It was discovered that the homicide rate took a nosedive in the 1990s, during which time 80 percent of the cold cases closed but then when the decade ended, closed cold cases dipped to 70 percent. The cold case team had 5o detectives when it was formed in 1996, and now there are only eight.
The New York Daily News interviewed the head of the Detectives Endowment Association, who said the reason for the low clearance rate for cold cases was due to the retirement of 3,000 detectives in early 2000s, hundreds were transferred to work in counterterrorism and yet others were sent elsewhere to solve cases of identity theft.
According to the newspaper’s investigation, the highest number of unsolved homicides involved Latino and black victims. Eighty six percent of cases involving whites were solved. How to account for the disparity? The city of Manhattan has money and thus, the more detectives on a case in the first hours of a homicide, the more likely that homicide will be solved. Meanwhile, outer borough homicides get short shrift. Will Manhattan and Queens, the cities that suffered a spate of stabbings Sunday, continue to live with a high crime rate throughout 2014?
By Juana Poareo