MEMPHIS, Tenn. — 2020 ended up being the deadliest year to date for the city of Memphis.
As of Thursday evening, MPD told FOX13 there have been 82 interstate shootings, 290 murders and 332 total homicides. As of December 31, 2019, there were only 191 murders in 2019.
The previous homicide record was set back in 2016 at 228 homicides. That’s a jump of over 100 cases.
The first murder of 2020 came back on January 2 at the intersection of Jackson and Maple Ave. MPD told a woman was stabbed and pronounced dead on the scene. The woman who was fatally stabbed was 18-year-old Sabrina Nguyen.
MPD later determined her ex-boyfriend Keedrin Coppage was responsible for her death.
Of the 330+ homicides, over 30 of those involved children getting killed, which was another new record for Memphis.
FOX13 spoke with a grandmother whose eight-year-old grandchild was one of those victims.
Jordyn Washington was a third-grader at Granville T Woods Academy in Raleigh.
Now Jordyn is one of 38 children killed in Memphis last year.
Memphis police found the accused killer quickly but many murders went unsolved.
“I was getting her snack ready for her and 15 minutes after that, we walked in that kitchen and it was done, an explosion. I’m asking her, what was that, what was that. I Iook and she’s on the floor,” said Sammie Washington, Jordyn’s grandmother.
Turns out what sounded like an explosion were gunshots into Washington’s Raleigh home at Highland Chateau Apartments on November 22nd.
Her granddaughter moved with her two years ago. The two were preparing to relocate to Jacksonville, Florida at the end of the year because Washington wanted a safer environment for her granddaughter.
“Whatever happens to you won’t bring my grandbaby back but I want you to know that you took a great person. She was a sweetheart, she touched so many lives,” said Washington.
Cedric Conely is the accused killer. Although the family has some peace knowing Conley’s behind bars, they still hold on to Jordyn’s Christmas list and her unwrapped gifts.
“She wanted an iPhone 10, she wanted a new TV,” Washington added.
12-year-old Tu’Shun Hodrick is another child who made headlines last year. A witness found the Humes Middle School student gunned down in a North Memphis neighborhood.
At the beginning of 2020, three children were shot in less than 48 hours in potential drive-bys.
“Right now instead of us celebrating a new year, looking forward to a new year, I brought in the new year crying, not really looking forward to 2021, I’m just not because she’s just no here,” said Ivy Houston, the aunt.
“Everywhere she went, she left an impression on people, even her teachers, she was just a doll and I’ll never get another one like that and I want you to be put away for a long time so that you won’t bring this kind of heartbreak to anyone else,” said Washingon.
Police said they do not believe Jordyn was the intended target.
Next Saturday at 10:00 a.m, at the new Austin Peay Police Precinct, community leaders with Ride of Tears are holding a city press conference to demand action.
Several of these murders still remain unsolved. If you know anything that can help MPD, you can call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.