It's no wonder that Amarillo was named one of the most dangerous cities in Texas.

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You would think that with a city our size, we wouldn't have the crime we do, WRONG!  Our city's crime rate seems to be going up, up and up, every year.

That's why each time something happens, it seems less shocking.

On Thursday, January 26th at 5:45 AM the Amarillo Police Department received a call about gunshots in the 4100 block of south Travis.  When APD arrived at the scene, they found 24-year-old Markell Damarion Toombs-Reed lying in the street with a gunshot wound.  Unfortunately, Mr. Toombs-Reed was pronounced dead at the location of the shooting.

No arrests have been made in this incident and the names of the suspects have not been released. At this time the Amarillo Homicide Unit is continuing to investigate the shooting.

The Amarillo Police Department is asking anyone who might have any information to please call the APD Homicide Unit at 806-378-9468. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the Amarillo Crime Stoppers tip line at 806-374-4400 or you can leave a tip online at

It looks like this will be the first homicide for Amarillo in 2023.

Last year the first homicide happened on January 25, 2022.

Let's just hope we can keep the homicide rate under 20 this year since Amarillo almost hit 30 homicides in 2022.    I'm sure the citizens would greatly appreciate a drop in crime in Bomb City rather than a rise.  However, we've already gotten 2023 off to a great start.

REVIEW: Amarillo Homicides in 2022

The year 2021 saw a staggering 24 homicides in Amarillo, Texas--the highest number the city had seen since 1994. A lower figure for 2022 was predicted, but the year finished out with a total of 28 homicides.

Below is a partial list of those accused in this year's murders. We have intentionally left off this list those who have been No Billed by a grand jury, had their charges modified to a lesser offense, or wherein the accused is a juvenile.

This is not an exhaustive list and is subject to change, pending legal proceedings.

Updated: January 10, 2022

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