LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — A record number of homicides in Lexington for 2022, and the count keeps rising.

The additional cases are putting more strain on an already understaffed police department that works to give each investigation the attention it deserves. Homicide detectives are hoping Crime Stoppers’ initiative to pay $2500 for tips in unsolved 2022 murders brings in the information they need to close a case.

Never has there been an easier way to be financially rewarded for having the courage to come forward with what you know. With 40 murder investigations this year, police are turning to the community now more than ever.

“In a position like that, there’s really not an opportunity to catch up,” said Detective Kristyn Klingshirn. “There are always cases, always leads coming in and things to follow up on. But with the amount of cases we have this year, it can probably feel a little overwhelming to them.”

In the past month alone, homicide detectives have been tasked with coming up with answers in the deaths of Nicole Morton on Maple Avenue, William Edwards on Darby Creek, and Brandon Walker on Yellowstone Parkway.

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“As far as I know, we don’t have too many leads for Yellowstone so we’re leaning on the community 100%. We really need any assistance that they’re willing to give,” Klingshirn said.

Walker’s murder happened in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 9 in the morning.

“Every murder is violent, but the absolute recklessness with the amount of shots that were fired and it being just after 9 in the morning, people are on their way to work, running errands, whatever it is that they do,” Klingshirn said. “It’s unfortunate it ended the way it did, but we’re fortunate there weren’t more people hurt.”

If you have any information on any of these cases, call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 859-253-2020 or go online to p3tips.com.