DIGGING DEEPER: nearly one in five homicides in Allen County committed by loved ones in 2018

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – While all homicides are tragic, it may shock you to hear how many people here in Fort Wayne have been killed by the hands of a loved one this year.

ABC21 previously reported a woman died two weeks after her estranged husband allegedly doused her in gasoline and set her on fire. However, that is not the first domestic homicide this year.

Fort Wayne police say seven out of 36 people killed in Allen County so far this year were murdered by a loved one. While that number is not yet official and could change, it is nearly 20 percent of all homicides in Allen County this year, or one in five.

Family homicide victims-2018
Allen County 19.4%

Trish Fox at SCAN says she is not shocked by the statistics. A CDC study in 2017 found more than 55 percent of all women murdered were killed by a loved one. 

Female family homicide victims -2017
Nationwide 55%

Fox says it isn’t about love or hate, it is about control.

The CDC study also found 11 percent of domestic murder victims experienced a violent incident with their killer before their murder.

Kayla Stewart

Kayla Stewart

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