Homicides up 63 percent from 2016 in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nashville is having a violent week.

In a span of 36 hours, there have been four homicides in Davidson County.

Early Thursday morning, a man was shot to death in West Nashville.

Another man was stabbed on Murfreesboro Pike in South Nashville.

Later Thursday afternoon, Ahmad Osborne was shot and killed on Glastonbury Road in South Nashville.

Overnight in Hermitage, Suzanne Daughtery died and police believe her husband killed her.

Details of this crime are unusual: In an attempt to kill himself and their nine-year-old daughter, police say Gary Daughtery set their home on fire. Daughtery and their daughter are listed in critical condition, according Metro police.

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These deaths bring the total number of homicides so far in 2017 to 57. Last year at this time, there were 35. Year to year, homicides are up 63 percent.

East Nashville has also seen a dramatic rise in homicides. 13 people have been killed in the East Precinct, compared to three this time last year.

Metro police are increasing patrols.

They are also planning to add walking patrols in the Cayce Homes area, which has seen a number of fatal shootings.

The walking patrols will be funded through a grant from the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, which owns the Cayce Homes.

While some may use the words homicide and murder interchangeably, there is a difference. Many homicides, such as murder and manslaughter, violate criminal laws. Others, such as justified self-defense, are not criminal.

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