Atlanta’s deadliest year in decades has city on edge and demanding change

ATLANTA — A teen selling water bottles killed over $10. A young man shot at a skate park. A child gunned down on the Fourth of July. Their deaths were among the 157 homicides the Atlanta Police Department investigated in 2020, up from 99 in 2019 and the most in more than two decades. “It’s ridiculous that now, even during this pandemic, we got more gun violence going on than ever before,” said Columbus Ward, a longtime activist who lives in Atlanta’s Peoplestown neighborhood. The year’s violence claimed several victims in his community, including Deborah Houston, 59, shot outside a convenience…

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