The Amarillo Murder Count for 2022 Continues to Rise
Another weekend another murder. Or, I should say another day another murder in Amarillo.
Amarillo Police Department received a call on Saturday, October 29th, at 10:28 pm. Officers arrived at a house on the 1900 Block of NW 18th and found multiple gunshot victims. Two males were found inside the home, and according to an APD press release a female victim was found in the backyard. One man and the woman were transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Lawrence Hart, a 19-year-old male was deceased.
CSI and the Justice of the Peace were called to the crime scene to investigate. As of this time the case is still under investigation. If you are anyone you know has information on this case, please call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 806-374-4400 or online at amapolice.org.
UPDATE 10/31/22 8:37 AM: Amarillo Homicide Detectives identified a suspect in the homicide and obtained a murder warrant. The Amarillo SWAT team was brought in to help locate the suspect. APD took Bol Deng, male, 23 was taken into custody and booked into the Potter County jail for murder. The case is still under investigation.
Saturday's shooting marks the 23rd homicide in Amarillo since the beginning of 2022. Twenty-three homicides in less than a year, and that doesn't include officer-involved deaths or intoxicated manslaughter.
The number of murders seen is just ridiculous for a city the size of Amarillo.
These are just a few of the murders that have occurred in the last 6 months.
- 46-year-old Armando Misael Ramos Hernandez was found deceased in a dumpster and it was ruled a homicide.
- 53-year-old Khamphanh Phoummphard was murdered in the Eastridge Park area
- beloved teacher and mother, Shereena Webster killed on August 18th, the suspect was her ex-boyfriend.
- Karlee Michelle Messer was shot during a robbery on September 28th, 2022.
- Adam Jeremiah Maes, 17, was shot at an apartment complex on Grand.
The list goes on and on and on.
All these people had names, faces, and families, and now they are gone from the world. Some were innocent some weren't, but the thing is, none of them deserved to be murdered. It isn't someone else's job to judge and take a life. Anger is alive and well in Amarillo, which is the driving force in most of these murders. Anger, pride, greed, and lives lost.