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Oklahoma City’s 2012 homicide rate on track to be one of the highest in 20 years

One neighborhood not far from the state Capitol has experienced 14 homicides so far this year. People who live and work in the area say poverty, violence, crime and gang activity are constant problems.

BY JULIANA KEEPING Modified: November 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm •  Published: November 25, 2012

As officers load Israel Jackson’s body into a white crime scene investigation van, a shirtless young man paces back and forth, clenching his fists and staring down gawkers. He stops to scream out the dead man’s name.

Jackson’s father,...
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