More people have been killed in Buffalo so far this year than in each of the last three years.
As of Nov. 6, this year's homicide total stood at 51 people. Last year, Buffalo had 46 homicides for the entire year. In 2016, there were 44. Forty-two people were killed in the city in 2015.
The number of homicides fluctuates from year to year. Buffalo's average over the 12 years from 2006 through 2017 was 50.6. Forty-six people were killed in Buffalo in the nine-month period from January through September, matching its total for all of last year.
This year's total includes a man fatally shot by a Buffalo police officer in September.
In addition, one more death in the city in 2018 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.
In the first nine months of 2017, the city had 37 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.
Homicides – by definition – are the killing of one person by another person. Under the law, not every homicide is a crime.
On this page, The Buffalo News tracks deaths in Buffalo in which authorities have found the victim was killed by another person. The Buffalo Police Department's official homicide list, which it no longer publishes online and which may at times differ slightly from the News' list, contains deaths the department classifies as criminal homicides.
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
- Demonety Davis, 19
- Sergio Keyes, 26
- Ronald Willis, 20
- Parris Warren, 36
- Jomar Lopez, 21
- David A. Lopez, 28
- Ronald L. Miles, 22
- Eric V. Swain, 38
- Leo Thagard, 17
- Geneva Smith, 31
- Dennis Thompson, 24
- Yvette Johnson, 54
- Kyrie Johnson, 17 months
- DeShawn Williams, 43
- Angel Marcial, 25
- Davonte Wardlaw, 25
- Dion Donald, 28
- Xavion Hazzard, 2
- Carl Davis, 71
- Lee Holland, 20
- Lairon Graham, 28
- Kevon Walker, 37
- Lakendra Tillman, 31
- Santana O. Anderson, 26
- NaKara Morgan, 21
- Manuel Medina, 47
- John Shelton, 28
- Michael A. Jenkins Jr., 32
- Luis Pirela, 41
- Rafael "Pito" Rivera, 32
- Brandon T. Williams, 20
- Miquel Wyatt, 20
- Dayvere Haygood, 19
- Ryan Thurnherr, 27
- Emmanuel Correa-Villegas, 31
- David Dickens-Anderson, 33
- D'Yontae J. Parker, 25
The department does not include the death of Keith A. Mixon Jr. on its official list of homicides. Mixon, 26, died after an April 4 crash into a building at Genesee Street and Bissell Avenue during what police said was a pursuit. The driver was charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Mixon's death had been included on the department's list until early June, but was removed because it was vehicular in nature, officials said.
Police have made an arrest in at least 17 of this year's homicide cases, and since the start of the year have cleared at least four other cases from prior years, according to the department. The State Police have also cleared the fatal shooting on Interstate-190.
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.
Last year's total of 46 homicides also includes the death of a man who was run over by a vehicle driven by his ex-wife. Cuansharee Palmer was convicted in May of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Donnell Sharp.
To illustrate the ebb and flow of homicides in Buffalo, there was only one homicide in January but there were eight homicides in January 2017. That made it the deadliest January in at least the previous decade. Additionally, there were five homicides last month, but only one in September of 2017.
- Mother of slain 20-year-old: 'What did my son do to deserve having somebody take his life?' (Oct. 5, 2018)
- Brazen, bloody violence mars Buffalo's summer of 2018 (Aug. 7, 2018)
- Lackawanna mother mourns loss of son killed outside Buffalo bowling alley (June 30, 2018)
- Father of 7 killed in drive-by shooting remembered as dedicated to family, music (June 25, 2018)
- 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)