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 86 confirmed homicides in
Kern County so far in 2019.

There were a record 113 homicides in 2018.

The past three years have seen record numbers of homicides in Kern County. In 2016 it tied the record at 98. In 2017 it broke the record with 103.

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

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

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