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FILE - Police vehicles are seen outside the Killeen Police Department Headquarters.

Eric J. Shelton | Herald

The Killeen Police Department will host the second of its biannual community forums Thursday at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.

The forum will start at 6 p.m. A Facebook event for the forum was created online by Killeen Councilman Gregory Johnson.

During the year’s first forum Jan. 12, interim police Chief Margaret Young told the 40 residents in attendance that violent crime was trending upward, while property crime remained stagnant. A Herald live stream of the event reached over 125.000 people on Facebook.

The forum comes at a time of different circumstances from last year’s summer forum. In 2016, there was a string of shootings throughout the city, and more than 200 people showed up to discuss community relations, diversity among officers and racial profiling.

This summer has seen less area violence in comparison. However, on Thursday morning, a woman was airlifted to a hospital after she was stabbed during a robbery attempt, and a shooting victim was airlifted to the same place later that day in an unrelated incident. The last homicide to be investigated as a murder by KPD was the shooting death of Daniel LeBlanc Magee on July 15. Before that, John Seth Jr. was the last homicide to be investigated as a murder, and that was May 30.

There have been 12 reported homicides in Killeen so far this year. During the same time period last year, there were eight. Killeen ended 2016 with 16 reported homicides.

254-501-7552 | sullivan@kdhnews.com

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