This Spec article identifies Hamilton's first murder of 2014, 23 year old male Marley Rowe. Rowe was killed early on New Year's Day. Considering the relatively high murder rate in 2013, having this murder occur a few hours earlier could have boosted the rate 2013 even higher.
I'm going to try and attempt to make at least one blog post about every murder in Hamilton in 2014 like I tried last year.
Rowe apparently was shot in the back of the head outside an apartment that may have used as a speak easy in the Barton and Sherman area. From the Spectator photographs, Rowe had a white mother and a black father so from a demographics basis the victim was a mixed race male.