Among my various responsibilities here at The Salt Lake Tribune, I'm the reporter tasked with counting the year's homicides. We publish a final tally and analysis every year, and as we enter the home stretch of 2013, I thought I would pull the curtain back a bit and give you all an inside look into how this year is shaping up.
So far, 43 people have been killed (that we know of), not counting people whose deaths resulted from justified use of police force. Barring any more homicides, Utah is on track for a continued decline 49 people were killed in 2012, and 52 were killed in 2011, even as the state's population continued to grow.
But this year's total, and all of these corresponding breakdowns below, are subject to change. The year is not over yet, and sometimes I find out about a homicide that I had missed earlier in the year. There are also some suspicious deaths that investigators may ultimately decide are homicides, which we would then add to the list.