Study shows gang killings move in a systematic pattern

Photo of April ZeoliInformation from a study led by Associate Professor April Zeoli may enable law enforcement to predict areas in which gang-related homicides will intensify.

The study indicates that gang homicides move in a systematic pattern over time. In addition to tracking how gang homicides move through communities, the study showed that different types of homicide have unique patterns. For example, gang-related killings may provoke a cluster of revenge and drug-related homicides, whereas homicides related to domestic violence or robberies are not likely to cluster or spread.

Associate Professors Christopher Melde, Jesenia Pizarro, and Sue Grady (Department of Geography) were co-researchers on the study. The findings have been published online at the American Journal of Public Health.

Watch Dr. Zeoli’s Local 4 Detroit interview here.

April M. Zeoli, PhD, MPH is an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.  Dr. Zeoli conducts interdisciplinary research, with a goal of bringing together the fields of public health and criminology and criminal justice.