2020 saw spike in homicides
2020 has been a killer year in every way, including murder.
The US has experienced the largest single one-year increase in homicides since the country started keeping such records in the 20th century, according to crime data.
Killings nationwide increased by 20.9% in the first nine months of the year, according to the FBI, due largely to gun violence.
In the nation's capital, nearly 200 homicides were reported in 2020, about a 20% increase that is in line with the national FBI figures.
In New York City, killings rose almost 40%, and shootings nearly doubled from the previous year.
Experts agree the pandemic has played a huge role in the rise in killings.