Report: More homeless people killed in Multnomah County

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ten homeless people were killed in Multnomah County in 2018 – the highest number since the county started tracking these deaths eight years ago.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the number of deaths from homicidal violence doubled from the five recorded in 2015, which had previously been the highest on record.

The jump in homicides is only one driver in a year that saw 92 people, the largest number of people ever, dying on the streets of Portland – as well as in hospital beds, vehicles, shelters and motels.

Multnomah County pulls the data from the medical examiner’s office files, in partnership with nonprofit newspaper Street Roots.