French Quarter murder

New Orleans police investigate a homicide at the intersection of North Peters and Iberville streets in the French Quarter on Friday, May 26, 2023.

Murders in New Orleans plunged by 25% in 2023 compared to the historic high of the year before, a welcome relief after a year of unyielding killings re-established the Crescent City as one of the most violent cities in the world.

While local leaders in crime prevention offer differing explanations for the drop in killings, they agree the recent falloff leaves room for hope that violent crime will continue declining in 2024.

Still, 193 lives were lost to shootings and other forms of violence across the city in 2023, including those of 27 children and teens under the age of 18. 

The following map shows the location of every murder in New Orleans since in 2023, as well as the total number in each of the official neighborhood boundaries recognized by city officials.

The accompanying chart compares the total number of killings in 2023 with other recent years.

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Times-Picayune graphic. Source: New Orleans Police Department
Locations are approximate based on NOPD data.

Cumulative murders by day

Times-Picayune graphic. Source: New Orleans Police Department

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