“How can I continue? Las Vegas Funeral Arranger Talks Rising Homicide and Community Effects | News

The LVMPD Homicide Investigations Unit reported 147 murders in 2021, a 44% increase since 2020.

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — There has been an increase in homicides throughout the Valley, and that increase is impacting families and funeral directors.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police released the number of murders reported in 2021. The Homicide Investigations Unit reported 147 murders, a 44% increase since 2020.

At 20, Courtney Hemphill is one of, if not the youngest, licensed funeral planner in the state of Nevada. Hemphill works for Giddens Memorial Chapel. He said they noticed it was a very rough summer.

“On the 4th of July weekend between the 3rd and 4th we saw several young people my age coming through our doors and having to sit across from their families with my younger self sitting there, that’s something I I will never forget that experience just sitting there and having to oversee their services,” Hemphill said.

Before Metro murder statistics were released, Hemphill said funeral directors at Giddens Memorial Chapel saw the need to create change.

The Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of Nevada held a Stop the Violence procession in Las Vegas on Sunday, raising awareness of an increase in murders since 2020.

In November, the Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of Nevada held a hearse procession and community march called Stop the Violence. Seven different funeral homes participated and approximately 150 showed up.

“Taking back the power is the best way to explain it, you know a lot of those families were broken up after that and left with the questions and there were questions for us and I had people who told me asked how do I carry on? How do I move on?’” Hemphill said.

They wanted to rally behind the families and let them know they were fighting the cause to build peace with them.

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