Homicide rate in Quebec remains above 100 victims for second straight year

By News Staff

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and local police forces across the province have had another busy year investigating homicides.

Despite a drop in gun violence incidents in Quebec, 2023 remained a deadly year. 107 people were killed across the province over the last 12 months, according to Le Journal.

Last year, there were 110 homicide victims, which broke a 20-year record.

In recent years, homicide rates remained below 100, between 2013 and 2021, according to data from Statistics Canada.

As for the SQ, 48 murders kept investigators busy this year, compared to 54 last year and 38 in 2021. 

But at the Montreal police, the number of homicides has been cut in half. There were 22 homicides that claimed the lives of 33 people.

The criminal fire in Old Montreal back in March, which killed seven people, increased the death toll. 

The number of victims who died by gunfire fell by more than 50 per cent, going from 20 to 9 in a year. 

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