Mayor’s Comments At Rising Star Breakfast Spark Debate

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Tweeting from a breakfast with Hartford business leaders Tuesday, the official account of Mayor Pedro Segarra commented that Hartford had no homicides during the first six months of 2013. But the statement isn’t true.

Segarra was speaking at the Rising Star Breakfast organized by MetroHartford Alliance at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. Communications Director Maribel La Luz later tweeted a correction to Segarra’s tweet: “That’s inaccurate. Jan – mid March no homocides.” And later, she tweeted: “It’s accurate that it was 6 months- two 3 month periods.”

That isn’t exactly accurate either.

The last homicide of 2012 took place on Dec. 23, when Jazzy Delgado was shot in the chest on Hillside Avenue. The first homicide of 2013 took place 66 days later, on Feb. 27, when Sawarie Krichindath was stabbed in the neck. Police found her body on March 16.

Later in 2013, there was a full 3-month stretch with no homicides — from Sept. 19, when a 39-year-old was shot in the back on Marshall Street, through Dec. 20, when Angel Vasquez was found in a parking lot on Adelaide Street with a gunshot to the head.

The first mention of two 3-month periods with no homicides came from Hartford Police Lt. Brian Foley in a Jan. 7 email to the media, when he stated “Specifically, there were two separate 3 month+ periods with no homicides (January through March and Mid-September through Mid-December).” That was repeated in a Jan. 13 story in The Courant. The story has been corrected.

Read: Serious Crime Down In Hartford In 2013

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