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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 Highla…
Andrea Haag and Ben Harrington, whose son Joseph Pintucci (pictured) was killed in January, pose for a portrait in their hom…
An old caricature of Joseph Pintucci hangs on the entry way wall in his parents house in Highland Park. He was killed in Jan…

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 gunfi…
Friends and family wrote messages and left mementos in memorial of Malik Tyler, 13. He was killed at the beginning of June b…

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 rec…
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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 se…
Chris White holds up a memorial blanket with pictures of Malik Tyler, a 13 year old who was killed by stray gunfire  while w…

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