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40-day homicide-free stretch is Buffalo's longest lull so far this year

It's been 40 days since Buffalo saw its last homicide. That represents the longest period between killings in the city so far this year.

As of Thursday, there have been 34 homicides in Buffalo so far in 2017.

Buffalo's on pace for 48 homicides. That would put the city slightly below the average number of killings per year over the last decade, which was 51.

Buffalo's last homicide was Aug. 6, when Edward Wright, 27, was killed in a drive-by shooting on Victoria Avenue.

There have been two 24-day gaps between homicides and two other 22-day breaks so far this year, according to police data.

The Buffalo News requested an interview with a Buffalo police official Friday morning about the homicide-free stretch, but no response has been received.

The Buffalo Police Department's official homicide count sits at 31. Police officials don't count the deaths of Wardel Davis and Jose Hernandez-Rossy, who died following separate interactions with police. The deaths of Davis and Hernandez-Rossy are being investigated by the State Attorney General's Office.

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Buffalo police also don't count a May 7 fatal shooting on Holt Street, about which police have released few details.

Homicides, by definition, are the killing of one person by another person. Under the law, not every homicide is a crime. The deaths of Davis and Hernandez-Rossy have been ruled homicides by the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office.

Tracking the number of homicides is one way of measuring overall violence, and it is one standard category of crime statistics local police agencies report annually to the FBI.

Many researchers believe measuring the number of people who get shot in a place is more reflective of the overall level of violence. However, there is no national requirement for law enforcement agencies to count the number of people who get shot in their jurisdictions.

This year, Buffalo police have made arrests in four of the 31 cases the department considers homicides.

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