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Kansas City on its way to another deadly record with 87 homicides already this year

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Kansas City is on its way to another deadly record with 87 homicides already this year. (KCTV5) Kansas City is on its way to another deadly record with 87 homicides already this year. (KCTV5)
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Kansas City is on its way to another deadly record with 87 homicides already this year. 

Local activists say do not lose hope and start helping out. 

“It’s out of hand is what it is," said Damon Daniel, president of AdHoc Group Against Crime.

If the number of homicides in years past have worried residents, this year will not ease those concerns.

At this time in 2016, there were 60 homicides. During the same time in 2015 there were 47, and three years ago in 2014 there were 42.

Every year, the number goes up. So what happens now and how are activists and city leaders trying to keep that number from rising anymore?

“We also have to help folks recognize what their own triggers are. In terms of what is it that upsets you and what are you going to do about it when you do get upset," Daniel said. “Violence is a learned behavior which means it can be unlearned as well.”

Daniel points to positives coming from Kansas City Mayor Sly James’ office to keep youth in the city busy during the time they are not in school. He also says it’ll be an uphill battle to replace state gun laws which are contributing to access to firearms.

But, he also says there is hope for a less violent future.

“We can all make a difference if we work collectively," Daniel said.

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