The Watch Dog response: Good article. I see the team coming together. I strongly feel that the partnership between Rocky Mount, Nash County and Edgecombe County is going to a whole new level.
Every victim of the 16 homicides last year in Rocky Mount was a black male.
The Telegram does not usually note the race of victims in its crime accounts. But when the results are as stark as this, the issue of who the homicide victims are deserves to be examined. The large number of black residents who died at the hand of another in the city amounts to what some residents refer to as a slaughter of black men.
This is a trend that has been happening in Rocky Mount over the past few years. From 2013 to 2016, the Rocky Mount had 36 homicides. Of that number, 32 victims were black and all but two of those were black men. This brings the total to 46 black men who have been slain in the past five years in Rocky Mount. (Rocky Mount Telegram)