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Dallas' sudden spike in homicides has officials perplexed. And not everyone agrees that state troopers are helping.

After May's 40 homicides, Gov. Greg Abbott deployed state troopers to Dallas. Despite some drops in violent crimes, city officials say they've done more harm than good. Meanwhile, there's still no consensus on what's driving the increase as victims' families are left to grapple with grief.

Andrea Haag and Ben Harrington, whose son Joseph Pintucci was killed in January, pose for a portrait in their home in Highland Park.
Andrea Haag and Ben Harrington, whose son Joseph Pintucci (pictured) was killed in January, pose for a portrait in their home in Highland Park.
An old caricature of Joseph Pintucci hangs on the entry way wall in his parents house in Highland Park. He was killed in January after being robbed while selling marijuana oil vape pens.

A lack of homicide detectives

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Tina Tyler, mother of Malik Tyler, poses for a portrait in her Arlington home. Her 13 year old son was killed by stray gunfire on June 4 while walking to a convenience store in Pleasant Grove.
Friends and family wrote messages and left mementos in memorial of Malik Tyler, 13. He was killed at the beginning of June by a stray bullet while walking to a convenience store with a friend.

A deeper staffing problem

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Responding to the rise

Eric Adejuwon poses for a portrait in Dallas on July 28, 2019. He served as a mentor to a teenager killed in June in the recent spike of Dallas murders.
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Finding a way forward

The Lincoln town car Joseph Pintucci was driving when he was shot and killed in a parking garage after being robbed while selling marijuana oil vape pens. His parents Andrea Haag and Ben Harrington said he loved that car and sometimes they cruise around in it to feel close to Joseph.
Chris White holds up a memorial blanket with pictures of Malik Tyler, a 13 year old who was killed by stray gunfire  while walking to a convenience store in Pleasant Grove, a neighborhood of Dallas.

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