Memphis’ deadliest zip codes revealed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Newly released data from the Memphis Police Department (MPD) pinpoints zip codes with the highest number of homicides in 2020 and 2021.

What’s being done about it?

”Our manager just got robbed two weeks ago. Young guy, no more than 18. Came up behind her and put the pistol to her head,” said Clayborn Taylor, Frayser.

Year over year, violent crime across Memphis rises.

Last year the city set a record with 346 homicides, up from the previous record of 332 set in 2020.

”Instead of doing all the political theatrics, get real with them mane. Go to them folks’ homes and talk to them,” said Taylor.

Clayborn Taylor lives in Frayser, one of several neighborhoods that saw an alarming number of homicides in 2020 and 2021.

Clayborn said the solution is simple.

The city needs to meet people where they are. She said one of the ways is by hiring ex-convicts.

”You need to get those people, to talk to the people. How do you get those people to talk to the people? Is that you hire the people. Change their life. Once their life is changed it will trickle down,” said Taylor.

The Memphis Police Department released this data showing 11 zip codes with the highest number of homicides in 2020 and 2021.

The top three include South Memphis with 66 homicides, Parkway Village with 65, and Frayser with 62.

“Until we get to the root. The root family issues. You’re going to continue to have crime. You’re going to continue to have these folks on the street,” said Taylor.

To reduce crime, Pursuit of God Church Pastor Ricky Floyd, along with law enforcement, and city and county leaders launched the Better Community Summit.

The service aims to connect attendees to people with expertise in couples counseling, gang talk, domestic violence, conflict resolutions, and a new program called I am She that mentors girls.

“We’re trying to cut down on teen pregnancy, drugs; as well as suicide,” said Vanessa Caswell-Rodgers, I Am She Memphis.

Taylor hopes these community leaders involve people they are targeting and can relate to.

“You can not have a city councilman, a pastor to relate to those people. You have to find people who have been in the position and they look up,” said Taylor.

FOX13′s reporter Dominique Dillon reached out for a statement from MPD:

Rising homicide rates are affecting jurisdictions across the nation. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2020, the United States recorded its highest increase in rates of homicide in modern history. Locally, the Memphis Police Department has taken a proactive approach to reducing crime in our community. We’ve seen positive strides in crime reduction since standing up the SCORPION Unit, the Auto Theft Task Force, and the Fugitive Unit. For example, we have seen a 5% decrease in murders from this time last year.

Additionally, through our COP Unit, Clergy Academy, and the Family Safety Center, we are working to strengthen relationships in the community. While these are steps in the right direction, we still need more community involvement. We need more churches to get involved with initiatives like the Better Community Summits and host domestic violence prevention seminars, de-escalation and conflict resolution classes, finance and job prep courses, job fairs, etc. When more people work together to provide these wrap-around services, we can address the root problems and deliver solutions that positively impact our community