Knife and gun deaths in the West Midlands: Map and Timeline
This interactive map and timeline shows the scale of knife and gun deaths in the West Midlands.
At least 23 people have been murdered by killers using weapons in the region since December 2007.
Police and relatives called for calm in the community after a spate of recent attacks culminating in the death of Dimitri Foskin in August.
The map shows a significant proportion of the killings clustered around the north-western areas of Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Dudley.
Many of the killings have been linked to gang activity by the police.
After the death of Mr Foskin, chief superintendent Mick Treble, of West Midlands Police appealed for calm between rival gangs, saying: “I would like to appeal for calm in the sense that a life has been wasted and if there is tension within the community then people need to talk to the police.”
The online timeline shows killings tend to come in clusters, leading to police fears that some killings could be “tit-for-tat” killings carried out as revenge attacks.