ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- In the first 21 days of the year, there have been 14 homicides in the city of St. Louis.
Last year there were 14 homicides in the entire month of January and a total of 159 homicides within city limits during 2014. Out of last year's 159 homicides, 71 were solved.
The Crimes Against Persons and Property unit of the city police force, which includes 24 homicide detectives, is commanded by Captain Mike Sack and responsible for the investigations.
Out of the 14 killings so far this year, five cases have been cleared with arrests made.
Captain Sack said his 24 investigators have been working overtime to cover the increased workload due to the rise in homicides. He said his staff can handle the increase, but the detectives do rely on other divisions to assist with the investigations.
The commander reminded News 4's Robin Smith that most of the city's homicide cases are not random and the killers and their victims know one another in the majority of cases.