There have been at least five murders in Barbados for the year so far. During February 2023, there were two murders. During the same month last year, there was at least one murder. January to December 2022 data and analysis can be found here. My analysis is based on media reports only. The steps involved in the following analysis are similar to my 2020 analysis.
Note to Table 1: Data was obtained from reports in the Media and keyed into an Excel sheet for end of month analysis. However, the same data is also keyed into the online database at murders.opendatabarbados.org for immediate access (NOTE: 2023 data has not been added to the database as yet).
3, or 60% of the 5 murders, took place in January. By this point in 2022 (i.e., February), there were was at least 1 murder (compared with 2 in February 2023).
2, or 40% of the 5 victims, took place in the parish of St. James.
Note to Table 2: I’ve added per capita by parish values because looking at the absolute value of murders by parish, without taking into consideration the population by parish, does not tell the complete picture. However, the population values by parish are not current and are based on 2010 census data.
3, or 60% of the 5 victims, deaths were shooting related.
The average age of all victims was 31.8 years old. The eldest victim was 44 while the youngest victim was 16 years old.
4, or 80% of the 5 murder victims, were male.
3, or 60% of the 5 murders, occurred over the weekend. I define the weekend as Friday to Sunday, with the workweek running from Monday to Thursday.
2, or 40% of the 5 murders, occurred on a Friday.
3, or 60% of the 5 murders, took place between 4 PM and 8 PM. The time reported in The Media of the incident is what I use to assign murders to one of four time slots. However, it is important to note that in some cases, this may not be when the victim was attacked (or their time of death). For example, in the case of Trey Akeem Kemar Murray (June 7 2022), The Nation reported that police arrived at the scene at 8:15 PM. As that was the only time mentioned, I used this and assigned it to the “F” period: 8 PM to 12 AM.
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