The latest on the 2022 Louisville homicides

Louisville’s homicide totals for 2022 have climbed into triple digits, marking the first time the city has had more than 100 homicides in one year for three consecutive years.

So far in 2022, police have investigated 113 homicides in Louisville — with the deaths of three pregnant women each counted as double homicides.

The homicides include those investigated by Louisville Metro Police as well as other Jefferson County law enforcement agencies.

The Courier Journal tracks each killing to better understand the violence in the city and memorialize the victims.

Below are the latest available statistics on this year’s homicides, along with links to information about each victim’s case.

Want to help us remember a victim? If you’d like to share anecdotes or photos with us, email lounews@courierjournal.com.

Do you know anything about a homicide in Louisville? Anyone with information about a homicide can contact the Louisville Metro Police Anonymous Tip Line at 502-574-LMPD (5673) or provide information online at p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=563 .

Man fatally shot in Russell

A man was found shot to death around 3 a.m. Sept. 5 in an alley near Magazine and 26th streets, according to Louisville Metro Police. He died on the spot.

Daven Metcalf

Daven Metcalf, 25, was killed Sept. 1 after he was found shot to death in an apartment in Louisville’s Taylor Berry neighborhood, according to Louisville Metro Police.

Fourth Division officers responded to a call about a shooting at 10:15 p.m. in the 1500 block of Earl Avenue, LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said. He said when officers arrived at the scene they found Metcalf suffering from a gunshot wound and he was pronounced dead by emergency services. He was later identified by the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Smiley said there are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

Arrests made in July murder of Germantown man

Two people were arrested Aug. 30 and charged with killing a Germantown man and then stealing his car, according to jail and court records.

Dennis Koss, 38, died July 26 after being attacked at his home, according to LMPD.

Officers found Kos at his home in the 1100 block of East St.

A little more than a month later, Gregory Rhodes and Josiah Hart were arrested and charged with allegedly robbing and kidnapping a Bardstown man the day before Kos was killed. During questioning in that case, Hart confessed to her role in Ko’s death and identified Rhodes as the person who strangled Ko, according to her arrest report.

Rhodes confessed to helping move Kos’ body, according to his arrest report.

Both are being held at Metro Corrections – Rhodes on $500,000 cash bond and Hart on $1 million cash bond.

Man killed in Boone Square Park

A man was found dead in Boone Square Park after an Aug. 30 shooting, according to LMPD.

Officers responded to the park in the 1900 block of Rowan Street at about 6 p.m., according to department spokeswoman Beth Ruoff. A man in his 20s was found with a gunshot wound and pronounced dead at the scene.

The man who was killed was identified the next day by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office as 24-year-old Kelvin Sam Jr., who the agency said lived in Conyers, Georgia.

No arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified, Ruoff said at the time.

Fatal shooting on West Broadway

A man was killed on the morning of August 21st in Louisville’s West End.

Officers responded to a shooting in the 3700 block of W. Broadway at about 10:30 a.m., where they found a man who had been shot multiple times.

He was taken to University of Louisville Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

No arrests have been announced in his killing and his identity has not been released by the medical examiner’s office.

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Nagyeli Cordova

Cordova, 21, was stabbed Aug. 19 and later pronounced dead, according to LMPD.

Officers responded to the 11000 block of Westport Road just before 11 p.m., where they found Cordova with a “critical stab wound,” spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said.

She was taken to University of Louisville Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Through the Homicide Unit’s investigation, Carlos Guevara, 27, was identified as Cordova’s killer.

The day after her death, LMPD was notified by Nashville police that Guevara had died by suicide in their jurisdiction. The case is closed.

Mario Anderson

Anderson, 54, was fatally shot Aug. 19 in Louisville’s Portland neighborhood, according to LMPD.

Officers responded to the 2000 block of Bank Street around 10 p.m., where they found Anderson on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests have been announced in his murder.

Jarquis Jones

Jones was shot to death on August 16 in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville.

He was found unresponsive at about 8pm that Tuesday night in the 2700 block of W. Main Street.

According to police, there are no suspects in custody.

Deodre Jones

Jones, 45, was found dead in the early morning hours of Aug. 10 in the 2300 block of Ecton Lane by Shively police.

Officers responded to the scene at 6:24 am

Latoine Pruitt, 31, was charged the same day with murder in the fatal shooting.

Rebecca Richardson

Richardson, 26, was found dead Aug. 6 in the Fern Creek neighborhood.

Officers responded to the 8400 block of Ferndale Road at approximately 6:30 p.m. in response to a report of a body, LMPD said at the time. Upon arrival, they found Richardson, who was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been fatally shot, according to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office.

On August 10, LMPD announced that Richardson had been killed by Christopher Dowes, who killed himself in Bardstown the next day.

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Shawn Mosley

Mosely, 51, was found dead in Old Louisville on August 4.

Officers responded just before 6pm to the 1200 block of South Second Street, where they found Mosley inside a vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests have been announced by police.

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How did the victims of 2022 die?

Of the 113 homicide victims, the majority – 103 – were shot. A victim’s body was also burnt after his death.

The others include two people who died of blunt force trauma, six people who were stabbed to death and a man who died after being hit by a pickup truck.

Where did the Louisville murders take place?

The murders have happened all over the city, in every LMPD department.

The Fourth Division has seen the most kills at 23. The others have seen:

  • First Class: 20

  • B’ Category: 17

  • Third Category: 17

  • Fifth Category: 3

  • Sixth Class: 16

  • Seventh Class: 5

  • Eighth Class: 6

In addition, Shively police have investigated three homicides.

How does this year’s violence in Louisville compare to 2021?

Last year, Louisville suffered 211 murders — up from 187 in 2020. Most were fatal shootings.

Who were the victims of the previous months?

This article originally appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal: Here’s the latest on Louisville, Kentucky’s 2022 homicides

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