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Homicides, overdoses jumped in San Antonio in 2020, but natural or accidental deaths were more likely


The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office has released key findings on local deaths in 2020, including a big spike in homicides and a jump in drug-related deaths.

ME Dr. Kimberley Molina reports there was a 31% increase in homicides in 2020 compared to 2019 and a 9% increase in drug-related deaths.

Overall, natural deaths were up 11% in 2020 compared to the prior year.

The highest numbers of COVID-related deaths were seen in July and December, mirroring the 2020 peaks of COVID-19 infection within the community.

The medical examiner investigated a total of 16,200 cases in 2020.

Despite the jump in homicides, Bexar County residents statistically have a greater chance of dying naturally or in an accident. About 47% of all deaths were natural, followed by accidental deaths at 36%. Only 6% of deaths were ruled homicide.

The top accidental ways of dying in Bexar County were by drugs, falls and motor vehicles.

When it comes to homicides, 77% were caused by gunshot wounds. About 52% of suicides were caused by gunshot wounds and 30% were caused by hanging.

The top drugs used in overdoses were methamphetamine, amphetamine and cocaine, according to the medical examiner's report.

The full report can be found at the medical examiner's website.

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