BALTIMORE —There have been 309 homicides this year in Baltimore compared to 194 this time last year.
But there is something most of people may not think about: Each number represents a person who has to be properly buried. Some local funeral homes are working hard to keep up with the pace.
It isn't an across-the-board problem. Many of the larger funeral homes are not seeing an increase, but some of the smaller community-based ones say the pace has been exhausting.
Baltimore's homicide rate has skyrocketed in the months since the April riots to levels not seen in decades. John Williams, who owns a funeral home in Park Heights knows that all too well.