AUSTIN (KXAN) — Twenty-one homicides have occurred in Austin so far this year. Six of them have happened in the last 10 days.

Last year, 71 homicides were reported, down from a record-high 88 in 2021.

According to police data compiled by KXAN, thus far in 2023, homicide numbers are at a similar point to 2022 and 2021.

The recent stretch of homicides started on March 14 and ended on March 23. They were not related – and most were isolated, meaning they were not random – according to the Austin Police Department (APD).

“None of the murders that we’ve investigated this year in the recent past have involved any just random crime of people just walking down the street and being randomly attacked,” said Sgt. Peter Kovach with APD’s homicide unit.

They also occurred in all different parts of the city, and each in a separate city council district. We reached out to the mayor’s office and council members in those districts, but they could not speak with us Friday.

Below is a list of the homicides and their exact locations:

While the attacks were isolated, “this is an unusual amount of murders for the year that we’re looking at,” said Sgt. Kovach. “It’s obviously a concern the city and police are having to take into account.”

In 2022, there were three instances where six homicides occurred in 10 days. There was also a period in 2022 where there were eight homicides in 10 days.

In 2021, Austin experienced one 10-day stretch with six homicides and one 10-day stretch with seven homicides.

There were no instances of six or more homicides in a 10-day stretch in 2018, 2019 or 2020.

Police have arrested more than 75% of homicide suspects this year. In two cases, the suspects were dead when police arrived.