Do any of you remember James F.'s old murder tracker thing? I think he quit doing it long before he left, and I think it's high time we bring it back. It is important for us to remember that every murder victim is a real person that had emotions and dreams and family. We should commemorate their loss.
So, I've put together a little graphic to help us track how long it has been since the last murder. Let's see, some kid was shot in the head on Monday and died on Tuesday and that's the last murder I've heard of in the District. So, should we count that as Monday or Tuesday? I say Monday because that's when the violence occurred, so Monday it is.
UPDATE: A woman was killed in SE this morning, so the counter has changed to reflect the latest murder
Ah, who are we kidding. We know that this doesn't matter. We know that not every murder victim has equal value. We don't care about most victims' emotions or families or dreams. Thus, we obviously need another murder counter that takes this into consideration. We need to track the murders that get things done, that get CRIME EMERGENCIES declared. We need to know how long it's been since someone that matters was murdered. So, to that end, we present the "Effective" murder tracker.