The number of homicides in Albuquerque so far this year already matches the total number of murders in 2015.
The Albuquerque Journal reports  that 2015 was the deadliest year in the city since 2009, but after only 9 and a half months of 2016, this year is on track to be worse. Albuquerque Police Department detectives have investigated 46 homicides thus far in Albuquerque, the total for all of last year.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office did not provide the number of homicides it has investigated so far this year.
If homicides continue at the current rate, 2016 will see more homicides than it has since 1996, when the number hit 70.
Mayor Richard Berry says he has been talking with politicians about how to address the high rate.