Thirteen deaths in Buffalo this year have been ruled homicides, according to police.
Another death is being investigated as a homicide.
The March death of a Buffalo man who was stabbed in the head in 2012 is being treated like a homicide, though police are awaiting a report on the official cause of death from the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office, according to Buffalo police officials.
Carlos A. Stanley, 37, died March 2. He was stabbed on Christmas Eve in 2012 in a parking lot of a store on Broadway, according to Buffalo News archives. Police have not publicly discussed any details of the case.
At this point last year, the city had 27 homicides, including the deaths of two people who had been shot in previous years but died in 2017. That figure also includes the deaths of two men involved in encounters with police.
Buffalo's homicide victims in 2018
- Elisabeth Bell, 28
- Tonya Harvey, 35
- Douglas E. Johnson, 47
- Maria Rivera, 48
- Jayvone Shackelford-Bishop, 17
- Dimitrius Morgan, 26
- Jordan E. Richardson, 27
- Keith A. Mixon Jr., 26
- Amir Q. Jemes, 19
- Thomas Ingram, 75
- Teron Fitzgerald, 29
- Chaz A. Carter, 23
- David R. Harper, 34
Buffalo Police detectives have closed three of this year's homicide cases, and since the start of the year have cleared four other cases from prior years, Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said.
Looking back at 2017
Last February, Wardel Davis, a 20-year-old unarmed African-American man, died during an arrest. His death was ruled a homicide by the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office, though under the law not every homicide is a crime. Two Buffalo police officers were cleared of criminal wrongdoing following an investigation by the state Attorney General's Office. Also included in last year's figure is Jose Hernandez-Rossy, 26, who was fatally shot by Buffalo police last May in Black Rock. An investigation by the state Attorney General's Office concluded the officer who fired believed his partner had been shot in the ear by Hernandez-Rossy, who was running away when he was shot. No criminal charges were filed.
That figure from 2017 also includes the death of a man who was run over by a vehicle driven by his ex-wife. Cuansharee Palmer was convicted earlier this month of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Donnell Sharp.
To illustrate the ebb and flow of homicides in Buffalo, there were eight homicides in January of last year. That made it the deadliest January in at least the previous decade.
The majority of killings in Buffalo last year remain unsolved.
- 19-year-old killed in apparent robbery was 'a light for a lot of people' (May 1, 2018)
- Buffalo's two latest homicide victims identified (April 18, 2018)
- Buffalo homicide victims were trying to escape gang life (March 27, 2018)
- For Buffalo youth, the toll of everyday gun violence is all too real (March 24, 2018)
- Special Report: Buffalo's Danger Zone (June 9, 2017)
- Interactive map: Where shots were fired in Buffalo (June 9, 2017)