Nashville youth homicides pacing toward 15-year high

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – So far in 2017, there have been 12 children, ages 17 and under, who were victims of homicide in Nashville.

The most recent happened Sunday night when 16-year-old Deberianah Begley was shot in an East Nashville housing development.

According to data from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the number of children killed so far this year ties a 15-year high of 12 homicides set in 2015. The data includes both murder and negligent manslaughter.

In August, 12-year-old Yhoana Arteaga was murdered inside her Nashville family’s home, and earlier this year, seven-year-old Harmony Warfield was accidentally shot and killed by a toddler at the J.C. Napier Apartment Homes south of downtown Nashville.

There were only two homicides in 2016 and one in 2014.

Reporter Julie Edwards reports on crime trends each week on Tuesday and Thursday on News 2 at 4 p.m.