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Community springs into action after spike in murders

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

After three murders in the last month, and four total this year, the City of Frankfort is tackling the problem of violent crime.

Tuesday night, police took part in a special program with the community called "National Night Out."

The national murder rate is 5.4 per 100,000 people, but in Frankfort, a city of only 30,000, there have been four murders already this year.

The most recent murder remains unsolved. Tomma Graves' body was found Monday morning inside a truck, parked outside Harrod Brothers funeral home on Washington Street in Frankfort.

Tommy McKinney was killed in January, and 25-year old Jonathan Stewart and 56-year old Larry Starks were killed in July. The murders are putting Franklin County residents on alert.

"It's scary," says Bonnie Smith, who lives in Frankfort. "You never know what's going to happen who, when, how."

In the midst of the most recent murder, Franklin County leaders say the timing was right to bring the community together.

Planned weeks in advance, the Frankfort Police Department held National Night Out to give people in the community a chance to know their law enforcement agents.

Seemingly appropriate as Frankfort Police are asking for the community's help in solving some of these murders, like Graves'.

"If anybody out there knows something, you need to step forward because whatever happens in the dark will come to light. you can run, but you can't hide," says Mona White, Graves' mother.

At this time, the murders of Starks and Graves are still open investigations, with no arrests.

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