Introducing the Kern County Homicide Tracker

Since 2000, more than a thousand local people have been shot, beaten or strangled to death. KGET is now tracking these crimes, creating a database of local crime and punishment and offering resources for families of victims.

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Telling the Victims' Stories

It's become the new normal. On average, someone is killed nearly every four days in Kern County. It's an issue often only reported in snapshots. In many cases the victims' stories aren't told with details going unreported. Our goal is to change that.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is homicide defined? What is and isn't included? And more.

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There have been 74 homicides in
Kern County so far in 2018.

There were a record 101 homicides in Kern County in 2017.
The old record was 98, set in 2009 and tied in 2016.

345%

in 2017, African-Americans were 3.45 times more likely to be homicide victims.

6%

of all homicides in 2017 were officer-involved shootings

55%

of all homicides in 2017 remain unsolved.
 

The coroner rules a death to be a homicide when the death is "at the hands of another."
The term "homicide" includes deaths from murder and justifiable self-defense.
The term "homicide" does not include accidents or vehicle deaths.

Interactive Map

Get an interactive view of where homicides have taken place and who was involved.

Homicides by Year

Recent Homicides

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This page is dedicated to Steve E. Swenson, Kern’s original homicide tracker.

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