BLOOMINGTON - The stabbing death of a man early Friday morning in Bloomington puts the Twin Cities on track for the highest number of homicides in recent years.
The death of the 20-year-old in the 900 block of West Front Street brings the number of homicides to six this year, with a determination by the coroner's office pending on the Nov. 16 fatal stabbing of Joshua Embry of Normal. Each of those deaths occurred in Bloomington; one of the murders took place in Normal with the Aug. 28 stabbing of Angel Neal.
Bloomington has averaged about two murders a year since the 1990s, said Bloomington police spokesman Duane Moss.
In 2007, three people were the victims of homicides in Bloomington; there was only one homicide reported in 2006 in the city.
The second highest number of murders occurred in 2005, when three murders were handled in Bloomington and two in Normal.
The spikes in violent crime cannot be attributed to specific factors, said Moss.
"There's no way to predict this type of thing. It frequently involves passion and emotion in individual situations," he said.
Previous deaths so far include:
• Embry, who was stabbed during a fight outside a downtown Bloomington tavern;
• Neal, 34, who was stabbed to death Aug. 28 in her apartment in Normal;
• Fifteen-month-old toddler Antwan Liddell, who died of head injuries on May 27;
• Janae Towns, 22, of Frankfort, who was stabbed in the chest in Bloomington and died April 3; and
• Brothers Calvin Walls, 42, and David Walls, 40, who were shot to death Feb. 13 in Bloomington.