As Leon County commissioners and local law enforcement leaders Tuesday discussed ways to drive crime out of the community, the 17th homicide victim for the year was announced.

County commissioners are proposing using an urban planning tactic to address crime in some of the city’s neighborhoods where historically most of the incidents occur.

Around 2:25 a.m. Tuesday, Tallahassee Police found Antonio D. Randolph Jr. lying in the street near the intersection of Glenda and Pepper drives. The 19-year-old’s death is being investigated as a homicide. Randolph’s death matches the highest number of homicides tallied in Leon County in a year previously set in 2012 and 2014. 

The crime workshop at the Leon County Courthouse was a collaboration among Tallahassee and university police departments, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and local leaders who have worked for years to stem an onslaught of crime that has put the capital in a negative light.

For the past three years, data reported to the state has shown Leon County at the top of the state in crime. But the numbers don’t tell the entire story. The FBI, which compiles the data annually, and other groups warn against using crime data to make comparisons because specific conditions and community factors vary.

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Chief DeLeo: ‘We’re not where we want to be’

Data has pointed to a handful of hot spots that over the years have driven the crime rate. Statistics show 83 percent of incidents happen within the city limits. 

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo described a handful of neighborhoods – Griffin Heights, South City and the Bond Community – where crime, while down citywide since last year, has persisted.

“We have struggles and challenges in our community we have to meet,” DeLeo said….