Murder rate in Grand Rapids hits 4-year high

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The murder of tow truck driver Gerald Love marks the 14th homicide in Grand Rapids in 2017, the highest total in four years.

But detectives urge the public not to read too much into the numbers.

“What you have to take from it is, you have to look at the individual cases,” GRPD Lt. Kristen Rogers told 24 Hour News 8 Friday. “It doesn’t mean that the city is any less safe or that things are going rampant or anything to that nature.”

A year-by-year look shows the murder rate in Grand Rapids has risen slowly every year since 2014, when it was at a 50-year low.

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