Gun violence is becoming more common in Amarillo.  It seems that this is becoming a daily occurrence where someone has been shot or was shot at or killed by gun violence.

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There's nothing like being woken up by gunshots, I had that privilege last weekend. This morning I come into work and see yet another email about a shooting in Amarillo.

UPDATE, Friday, September 16, 11:58 AM: Three suspects have been arrested in this case and charged with Murder. Kezabien Mayes, male, 18-years-old,  Javonne Mayes, male, 19-years-old, and a juvenile female, age 14, who was also charged with Engaging in Criminal Activity. The juvenile female was booked into the Youth Center of the High Plains.

The Amarillo Police Department was called out to the 2800 block of North Grand Street on a report of shooting within the complex.  When arriving at the scene, Adam Jeremiah Maes, 17 years old, was found suffering from a gunshot wound.  Maes was transported to a local hospital where he died.

The APD Homicide Unit conducted several interviews with those involved in the incident, but at this time no arrests have been made.  The investigation is ongoing.

I don't know how we start fixing this atrocious problem in Amarillo.  Violence is happening everywhere.  Where do we finally step in and say enough is enough?  A 17-year-old is dead.  Multiple teenagers have been arrested for shootings in Amarillo.   In the past year, we have seen over 21 shootings in our city.    When does it stop?

No this isn't a place to insert the gun debate.

Is this the new normal?  I know for myself personally, that I have serious conversations with my child all the time about violence and other tough subjects and I tell him to talk to me.  I also know that no matter how great your parents are, children will choose their own paths.  But I also know that the solution to this problem starts at home.

Amarillo Criminals On Death Row

The 806's Strange & Screwed Up Crimes Of 2021.....So Far

It's 2021 and folks are making up for staying indoors and following the law all throughout 2020. This isn't always a good thing, though. There have been quite a few odd, wacky, and outright grotesque crimes committed in the Texas Panhandle this year so far.

From Friona to Lubbock, there's plenty of bad behavior on display throughout the 806 in 2021.

Take a look at what these hellions have gotten themselves into:

Amarillo Murders in 2021

With an official tally of 27 murders, the year 2021 saw the highest number of homicides in Amarillo since 1994.

Below is a closer look at the year's criminal acts that resulted in life lost.

**Note from the Editor: The following is not an exhaustive list. We have compiled what you see below from news reports, official police statements, along with where the case stands in the court system. If you see any errors in reporting or fact, please email the editor directly at along with any supporting documents.

We wish to stress that all individuals charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

***Not pictured: Edward Matthew Gamez

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