Wichita Homicides

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) With about one month left in the year, Wichita is on track to have one of its lowest homicide totals in a decade.

So far, 16 homicides have been reported in 2013. Only 2005, which had 15 homicides, recorded fewer homicides in the last 10 years. The highest number of homicides in the last decade was in 2007, with 43.

The Wichita Eagle reports city police are reluctant to discuss the reasons for the lower number of violent deaths. Capt. Brent Allred notes last year there were only 17 homicides through November, but then 11 more occurred before the end of 2012.

Of the 16 homicides this year, four remain unsolved.