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Police, advocates say domestic violence cases on rise during COVID-19

By , Daily Memphian

Updated: November 17, 2020 6:36 PM CT | Published: November 17, 2020 6:36 PM CT

Regina Walker Hope for the Holidays Family Safety Center board member Regina Walker speaks during a Nov. 17 press conference bringing awareness to the 17 people who lost their lives to domestic violence so far this year.

Keierra McNeil was six months pregnant when, according to police, the father of her child shot and killed her Aug. 20 in the parking lot of a Walgreens.

Shaneka Harvell, a mother of five, was shot and killed Oct. 6 by her former boyfriend while her children were in her home.

The two women are among 17 killed in intimate-partner domestic violence homicides in Memphis and Shelby County so far this year, compared to about the same number all of last year. Intimate-partner cases are defined as those involving a spouse or partner or a former spouse or partner.

Overall, the murder rate is up in Memphis, with 275 total homicides, compared to 191 last year.