Dec 31, 2013 6:03 PM by Lupita Murillo
TUCSON - Tucson police is reporting Violent Crimes are down 10% from last year. This includes murder and sexual assault. However, the number of property crime increased by 7%. This year, there were 48 homicides compared to 46 in 2012.
Sgt. Chris Widmer says this is considerably less than 2008 when homicides reached an all time high of 74 for the year.
Toni Calamia, is among the victims of 2013. The 24-year-old was a victim of a hit and run on December 12. It happened on Greasewood Road near Speedway Blvd.
"No father expects to bury their child, " Bill Calamia tells News 4 Tucson. He says his daughter had a lot of big dreams, "Her dreams were about everybody, what could she do for anybody, how could she help anybody."
Her family says the community has helped them immensely, they now are asking for information to help solve this case. It's one of 20 that remain unsolved. Calamia says he wants the person responsible for his daughter's death, "To turn themselves in, do the right thing by my daughter. Give her that final piece of rest. "
In 2012, there were 46 homicides, so while there's been a slight increase, overall violent crimes are down. Tucson police spokesman Sgt. Chris Widmer says that's due to Chief Roberto Villasenor's directive for officers to make more contacts with citizens. "Find out what people are doing, and from that what we're finding is a lot more criminal activity. In turn a lot more arrests, in turn a lot less violence."
All this in an effort to keep the public safe.
If you have information on the Calamia case, call 911 or 88-CRIME.