St. Paul records three homicides in three days 

The three deaths bring the total number of homicides on the year to 38.

Police respond to a shooting Tuesday night on the 500 block of Blair Avenue in St. Paul. (St. Paul Police Department/Twitter)

St. Paul has recorded three homicides in three days, pushing the city well past its all-time record of 34 homicides in one year.

44-year-old Kenneth Davis Jr. was shot to death on the 900 block of Rice Street Monday night just before 10 p.m., according to the St. Paul Police Department.

The next night, officers were called to a fight at a house on the 500 block of Blair Avenue in the city’s Frogtown neighborhood at about 10:15 p.m. On their way to the scene, the responding officers were informed that shots had been fired and struck one person.

They arrived to a “chaotic scene” and discovered a man in his 30s suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to Regions Hospital and pronounced dead.

On Wednesday, the medical examiner identified the victim as 31-year-old Jarrell R. Kirk.

Police also announced on Wednesday that a 51-year-old man was found dead in his apartment Monday and his death has been ruled a homicide. The man, Carlos Venceslado Rocha, called police seven days earlier, Dec. 20, to report that he was “punched by someone in the building.” That assault apparently killed him, the medical examiner found.

Medics responded to Rocha’s Dec. 20 call, but he was never taken to the hospital.

No arrests have been made in any of the cases. The three deaths bring the total number of homicides on the year to 38, four more than the all-time record of 34 set in 1992 and matched in 2020.