Virginia’s Hampton Roads 2020-2022 homicide surge

Elevated rates continuing in 2023

Much of the USA saw a small reprieve in homicides in 2022. However, Virginia kept surging and many parts of Virginia are seeing an even higher frequency of homicides in 2023. The Hampton Roads region seems to be at the forefront of this surge.

Hampton Roads is a cluster of seven independent cities near the mouth of Chesapeake Bay in southeastern Virginian. The name Hampton Roads refers to where the James Rivers feeds into the Atlantic Ocean.

At the center of Hampton Roads is Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton, and Portsmouth, which are all connected by a circular network of interstates. All four of these independent cities has a chief prosecutor who is a Democrat and part of the far-left “progressive” Virginia Progressive Prosecutors For Justice [VPPFJ]. This was created during the deadly nationwide BLM riots. The other three chief prosecutors include a Democrat who is not a member, and two Republicans.

“After VPPFJ/BLM” compares the average homicide rates from 2017-2019 to the average homicide rates in 2020-2022.

Based on data from WTKR, 2023 homicide rates in the seven cities are roughly on tract to equal that of 2022.

Statewide:

2017: 470 (8,471k, 5.5 per 100k)
2018: 417 (8,511k, 4.9 per 100k)
2019: 426 (8,557k, 5.0 per 100k)
2020: 524 (8,591k, 6.1 per 100k) – Highest rate since 1998
2021: 562 (8,642k, 6.5 per 100k)
2022: 621 (8684k, 7.2 per 100k) – Highest rate since 1997

VPPFJ/BLM: 28.6% Increase

The chief prosecutor or “Commonwealth’s Attorney” is listed under each city name.

City of Norfolk

Gregory D. Underwood – VPPFJ Democrat, In power since 2009

2017: 34 (245k, 13.9 per 100k)
2018: 37 (244k, 15.2 per 100k)
2019: 37 (244k, 15.2 per 100k)
2020: 49 (238k, 20.6 per 100k)
2021: 62 (235k, 26.4 per 100k)
2022: 63 (239k, 26.4 per 100k)

After VPPFJ/BLM: 65.7% increase

2023: 23 so far.. Homicides back to 2019 levels right now.

City of Newport News

Howard Gwynn -VPPFJ Democrat, In power since 1990

2017: 26 (180k, 14.4 per 100k)
2018: 24 (179k, 13.4 per 100k)
2019: 25 (180k, 13.9 per 100k)
2020: 25 (186k, 13.4 per 100k)
2021: 30 (185k, 16.2 per 100k)
2022: 31 (186k, 16.7 per 100k)

VPPFJ/BLM: 11.0% increase

2023: 21 so far… Homicides still surging fast

City of Hampton Homicides:

Anton Bell – VPPFJ Democrat, Took power in 2012

2017: 17 (135k, 12.6 per 100k)
2018: 14 (135k, 10.4 per 100k)
2019: 15 (135k, 11.1 per 100k)
2020: 24 (137k, 17.4 per 100k)
2021: 27 (138k, 19.6 per 100k)
2022: 24 (139k, 17.3 per 100k)

VPPFJ/BLM: 59.3% increase

2023: 24 so far… Hampton is in the middle of a record breaking homicide surge

City of Portsmouth Homicides:

Stephanie N. Morales – VPPFJ Democrat, In power since a special election in February 2017

2017: 16 (95k, 16.8 per 100k)
2018: 19 (95k, 20.0 per 100k)
2019: 16 (95k, 16.8 per 100k) – Morales publishes rap song “Booty Poppin”
2020: 34 (98k, 34.7 per 100k) – New record for highest rate ever
2021: 36 (98k, 36.7 per 100k) – New record for highest rate ever – Morales re-elected
2022: 42 (97k, 43.3 per 100k) – New record for highest rate ever

VPPFJ/BLM: 114.0% increase

2023: 23 so far…

City of Suffolk Homicides:

Narendra Pleas – Democrat, in power since 2022

Previous chief prosecutor was Phil Ferguson, an independent

2017: 3 (95k, 3.2 per 100k)
2018: 2 (95k, 2.1 per 100k)
2019: 6 (95k, 6.3 per 100k)
2020: 3 (95k, 3.2 per 100k)
2021:  6 (96k, 6.3 per 100k)
2022: 13 (99k, 13.1 per 100k)

VPPFJ/BLM: 94.8% increase

2023: 9 so far… Homicides are still surging in Suffolk

City of Virginia Beach Homicides:

Colin Stolle – Republican, in power since 2014

2017: 14 (450k, 3.1 per 100k)
2018: 16 (450k, 3.6 per 100k)
2019: 30 (451k, 6.7 per 100k)
2020: 17 (459k, 3.7 per 100k)
2021: 15 (458k, 3.3 per 100k)
2022: 23 (461k, 5.0 per 100k)

VPPFJ/BLM: 10.4% decrease

2023: 19 so far… Virginia Beach is experiencing a major surge right now

City of Chesapeake Homicides: 

Matthew R. Hamel – Republican, in power since 2022

Previous chief prosecutor was Nancy Parr, also a Republican

2017: 11 ( 240k, 4.6 per 100k)
2018: 7 (243k, 2.9 per 100k)
2019: 16 (245k, 6.5 per 100k)
2020: 13 (250k, 5.2 per 100k)
2021: 24 (251k, 9.6 per 100k)
2022: 21* (252k, 8.3 per 100k)

VPPFJ/BLM: 65.0% increase

2023: Only 53 murder so far… On track for least murderous year since 2018

Chesapeake had a six person mass shooting in 2022. Andre Marcus Bing, a 31 year old Black male killed six people in a Walmart. For 2023, homicides appear to be way down. Gun Violence


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Ricky Bobby
8 months ago

I was raised in Newport News. Left in 1996 and have moved back (there and Va Beach) a few times and most recently left for good last year. There is a clear reason for the disparity in homicides Va Beach and Chesapeake vs NN, Hampton, P-town and Norfolk. Racial demographics.