A 51-year-old San Jose man died from his stab wound injuries late Thursday night, bringing the total of homicide victims in San Jose this year to 21. That total is one more homicide than San Jose had in all of 2010.
While several people in this year’s count died of injuries they received in incidents taking place before the New Year, the majority of victims were attacked and died in the first five months of 2011.
Here is a map of where the homicides have taken place in San Jose so far this year.
San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore has said he is concerned about the rise of gang-related violence in the city. In March, the department’s Gang Task Force was merged with another violent crimes unit because of staffing cuts. This comes on the heels of the city’s decision to disband the Violent Crime Enforcement Team (VCET), which focused specifically on gangs, late last year due to budget cuts.
There are an estimated 9,000 gang members in San Jose.