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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

Homicide Statistics; Divorce; Jacksonville Classical Academy

Picture: JSO investigates the scene at the Oakland Terrace Apartments, where a deadly shooting occurred Sunday.
JSO detectives said a young man shot mulitiple times Sunday at the Oakland Terrace Apartments (pictured) has died, according to WJCT News partner News4Jax.

On this episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, we took a look at Jacksonville’s homicide rate.

Twenty-nineteen was Jacksonville’s deadliest year in decades. The city saw 158 homicides last year, which is the highest count since The Florida Times- Union began keeping track in 2006. Andrew Pantazi, with the Times-Union, joined us for a closer look at the homicide statistics.


January is the biggest month of the year for divorce filings as people decide to start their New Year with a fresh start. Americans over 65 are seeing an even higher divorce rate, a phenomenon called “gray divorce” that can leave women in a scary financial situation. Jeannette Bajalia, author and founder of Woman’s Worth, joined us to talk about how women can protect themselves.

Jacksonville Classical Academy

A new charter school is opening up in Jacksonville that will use the classical education model.  Head of school Dr. David Withun joined us to further discuss Jacksonville Classical Academy.

Related: New Charter School Choices In Jacksonville 


We wrapped up the episode with Cole Pepper’s thoughts on the NFL playoffs and college football championships.

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