Louisville suffered record-setting levels of violence in 2021, and during 2022, The Courier Journal is tracking each fatal incident to better understand violence in the city and memorialize the victims.
Homicides include those investigated by Louisville Metro Police as well as other Jefferson County law enforcement agencies. All victims were from Louisville, unless otherwise noted.
This list is preliminary, and the number of homicides can change as authorities investigate the circumstances of each case, determining whether the slaying was criminal, justified, accidental or suicide. The Courier Journal has excluded cases deemed accidents, suicides, fatal overdoses or hit-and-run deaths.
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So far in 2022, LMPD has investigated 67 homicides — with the deaths of two pregnant women each being counted as double homicides. Last year, it investigated a record-high 187.
Listed below are details regarding the latest cases. At the bottom of this story is a list of all 2022 homicide victims.
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Anyone with information about these homicides can contact the Louisville Metro Police anonymous tip line at 502-574-LMPD (5673) or provide information online at p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=563.
Kevin Sneed Jr.
A man was found "obviously deceased" with multiple gunshot wounds May 19 near Buechel and Highview.
LMPD officers located the man, identified later by the Jefferson County Coroner's as Kevin Sneed Jr. by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office, in the 7100 block of Fern Ridge Road, which is near Fern Valley Road and South Hurstbourne Parkway, at the Willow Green Apartments, according to a statement from department spokeswoman Beth Ruoff.
Police currently have no suspects. Ruoff said there were witnesses who saw a vehicle flee the scene just after the shooting but with no description of the vehicle's make or color.
Woman shot in Wilder Park neighborhood
A woman died after being shot May 19.
Officers responded to the 100 block of Harlan Avenue just before 4:30 p.m. where they found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound, LMPD spokesperson Elizabeth Ruoff said.
The woman was taken to University of Louisville Hospital in critical condition but she succumbed to her wounds.
Arrest made in April murder in Crescent Hill
A man has been arrested and charged over a murder that occurred in April in Louisville's Crescent Hill neighborhood.
James Peters was taken into custody on May 18, one month after the killing at a residence on S. Birchwood Avenue. He's facing one count of murder.
Police responded to the call just after 1 p.m. on April 18. A woman who had been killed was found inside a residence on the block in Crescent Hill, with detectives noting possible signs of a sexual assault and strangulation marks on her neck, according to an arrest citation, which noted the suspect was linked to the killing through DNA evidence collected at the scene and through blood found on the suspect's personal clothing items.
The woman who was killed was identified in April by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office as 50-year-old Mary Solinger. Her cause of death had not been determined by the office when its release was published on April 20.
Peters had previously been convicted of rape in Nelson County in 1996. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison in that case, though it's unclear how many years he served.
Two men die in Hikes Point double shooting
Two men died after a double shooting near the intersection of Hikes and Breckinridge lanes on May 14.
Sixth Division officers responded to a call of a shooting on May 14 at 2:45 p.m., LMPD spokesperson Alicia Smiley said, with reports indicating two men driving northbound were shot by someone in another incoming car.
The two men were taken to University Hospital, where one of the victims died that night.
He was identified by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office as 18-year-old Kahlil Laghman.
The second victim, who died May 17 due to his injuries, was identified as 20-year-old Mahamed Abdi.
The Homicide Unit is handling the investigation and no arrests have been reported.
Man found dead in Portland
LMPD's Homicide Unit is investigating after a man was found dead about 2:15 p.m. May 16 in the 3000 block of Northwestern Parkway in the Portland neighborhood.
Officers were called to the scene about a person being down, and when they arrived it was obvious he was dead and it appeared to be foul play, police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said. There were no suspects as of Monday afternoon, he said.
A woman was fatally shot in Shively early May 15.
Police responded to a home in the 2100 block of Appleton Lane shortly before 5 a.m., Shively Police Sgt. Patrick Allen said.
The woman, later identified as 49-year-old Cindy Burdette was found dead.
Two children, both 12, were inside the home when officers arrived, Allen said. One had been shot and was taken to a local hospital in stable condition. The second child wasn't injured, Allen said.
Ronald Burdette, the husband of Cindy Burdette, was apprehended without incident early the following day in Jeffersonville and will be extradited to Jefferson County to face charges, Allen said.
A man was pronounced dead on May 14 in Louisville's Taylor Berry neighborhood, according to Louisville Metro Police spokesperson Alicia Smiley.
Fourth Division officers responded to a Shotspotter report at 12:45 p.m. in the 900 block of Euclid Avenue, Smiley said. When they got to the scene, the officers found the victim with at least one gunshot wound in an alley and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man was later identified by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office as Abdi Noor
There are no current suspects, but Smiley said police are investigating a collision that took place in the 1000 block of Winkler Avenue to see if there is any connection between the two incidents.
People with any information are asked to call the Crime Tip Hotline at 502-574-5673 or use the online portal.
A 28-year-old man was found fatally shot May 8 at the intersection of 26th Street and Broadway, where the Russell, California and Parkland neighborhoods converge.
LMPD officers responded to a call about the shooting at about 2 a.m. The man who was killed, later identified by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office as Eddie Jackson, was pronounced dead at the scene.
No suspects have been identified. The homicide unit is investigating the case.
Martin Silver, 31, was found fatally shot in Louisville's Portland neighborhood on May 4, according to police.
First Division officers responded to a call of a shooting in the 3400 block of Portland Plaza at 9:45 p.m., according to spokesperson Dwight Mitchell. An adult male who had been shot and killed was found at the scene, he said.
Mitchell said that everybody involved in the shooting has been accounted for. No additional information about potential charges was available.
The Jefferson County Coroner's Office said Silver's home address was unknown.
The police department's homicide unit is investigating the case.
A 20-year-old woman died after being shot multiple times May 3 in St. Matthews, police said.
LMPD officers responded to the 300 block of Macon Avenue at about 6:30 a.m., where they found Ashley Foster, according to the department. She was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
"It appears to be domestic related," LMPD spokesperson Aaron Ellis said.
Michael Coates, 39, was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting. He has been charged with murder, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and trafficking in marijuana in connection with this investigation, police said.
He was taken into custody this morning on Frankfort Avenue.
LaLand N. Hurt
A 32-year-old man died on May 2 after being shot in the Newburg neighborhood.
LaLand N. Hurt was found in the 5200 block of Bonita Lane and taken to the University of Louisville Hospital after officers responded to a call of a shooting at 1:30 p.m. He died at 2:10 p.m. at the hospital.
Louisville Metro Police say he was shot in the 4400 block of Plantus Place, which intersects with Bonita.
Robert Antoine Harris was taken into custody on May 5 in connection with the homicide, according to LMPD spokesperson Aaron Ellis. He's been charged with murder and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, according to Metro Corrections records.
This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Louisville homicides in 2022: The latest on city's shootings, murders