Eye-opening homicide figures back up need for youth violence answers

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — So far in 2015, 19 Nashville residents ages 19 and younger have been killed in homicides, according to new figures from Metro Nashville Police Department.

The figures show that in all of 2014, there were only five teenage homicide victims under the age of 19.

Metro police say of the 19 homicides this year, three were considered to have been child abuse.

The figures from police indicate that in 2014, child abuse was not considered a factor in any of the 19-and-under homicides.

The sobering statistics come as Nashville Mayor Megan Barry plans to hold a “Youth Violence Summit Community Conversation” Monday night at the city’s Pearl-Cohn High School, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

She will join other community leaders, Metro Department heads, and members of the Nashville’s faith and non-profit community for two different panels.

The panels plan to take questions from the audience about “what Nashville is currently doing to help youth and discussing ways we can improve services and build support for more positive outcomes for our youth.”

Metro police Chief Steve Anderson and Metro Nashville Public Schools Chief Operating Officer Fred Carr are scheduled to be on panels.

Additional youth violence summit meetings are planned for 2016.

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