Topeka officially marks deadliest year on record with 29 killings in 2017

(KSNT Photo/Molly Patt)

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Topeka entered new territory Tuesday, marking the deadliest year in the city’s history.

A domestic violence situation that ended with the deaths of two people was officially ruled a murder-suicide on Tuesday. It’s the 29th killing in Topeka this year, breaking the record set in 1994 of 28.

Police identified the victims in Monday’s incident as Tabitha Krystofosky and her estranged husband, John Krystofosky, both of Topeka. The two 27 year olds died in the 1100 block of High Ave. When officers arrived they observed a subject with a gun followed by multiple sounds of shots being fired. Police list Tabitha Krystofosky as a murder victim and John Krystofosky as a suicide victim.

Topeka City Councilwoman Sandra Clear said this crime wave comes down to a societal problem and is something she believes will take more than just police.

“We’re going to have to start paying attention and having others pay attention and know your neighbors and get involved,” said Clear.

Here is a breakdown of the killings in Topeka this year:

2017 HOMICIDES
DATE LOCATION # VICTIM
1/17/2017 SE 7th St & SE Brookside Dr 1 Wahweotten, Brian (45)
1/22/2017 321 SE Pinecrest Dr 2 Franklin, Detryck (25)
3/4/2017 2305 SE Belleview Ave 3 Hodge, Kianna (18)
3/12/2017 115 NW Grant St 4 Leavitt, Matthew (19)
5 Fisher, Nicole (38)
6 Davis, Luke (20)
4/23/2017 1515 SW 15th St 7 Lowry, Matthew (29)
4/30/2017 4100 SW 28th St 8 Gueary, Larry (29)
9 Galvez, Jesus (64)
10 Galvez, Soren (20)
5/1/2017 3031 SW 33rd St 11 Snyder, Stephen (36)
5/8/2017 2715 SE Indiana Ave 12 Moten, Reginald (39)
6/2/2017 1001 SW Wanamaker Rd 13 Baker, Jason (34)
6/7/2017 1338 SW Garfield Ave 14 Vazquez-Alcantor, Vivian (33)
6/18/2017 117 NE Hwy 24, #5 15 Wichman, Allen (66)
6/25/2017 715 SW Taylor St 16 King, Arden (18)
6/26/2017 3001 SW 10th Ave 17 Mitchell, Justice (19)
7/26/2017 21 SW Arvonia 18 Joseph Irwin (18)
8/19/2017 1501 SW Topeka 19 Vetaw, Kenneth (44)
8/24/2017 2840 SE Highland Ct 20 Plummer, Eric Bryant (32)
9/24/2017 800 SW Polk, #21 21 O’Conner, Thomas (61)
9/22/2017 800 SW Polk, #36 22 Crank, Chance (22)
9/28/2017 SE 3rd St & SE Lawrence St 23 White, Dominique (30)
9/28/2017 NW 14th St & NW Gage Blvd 24 Jacobs, Robert (36)
10/3/2017 1324 SW Western Ave #5 25 Jernagin, Joshua (30)
10/9/2017 1500 Blk SW Western Ave 26 Sanders, Bondderick (23)
11/18/2017 1114 NW Jackson St 27 Davis, Donald (36)
11/27/2017 13th & Long 28 Vasquez, Faustino (46)
11/27/2017 1100 High Ave. 29 Krystofosky, Tabitha (27)

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