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Kasim Reed said the high level of crime and violence in Atlanta is a "national embarrassment", and he plans to crack down on crime if he is reelected mayor.

Reed is seeking reelection as mayor of Atlanta on Nov. 2. His first two terms as mayor began in 2010.

The mayoral candidate spoke by phone with Audacity Atlanta's Maria Boynton during the Grand Opening of his campaign headquarters at 568 14th Street in northwest Atlanta.

Reed says the level of crime and violence is "tearing Atlanta apart". He added, "right now 20 percent of the citizens of Atlanta want to leave the city."

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Reed has raised over $2 million for his campaign so far. His campaign continues hosting high-profile events, including a private reception and fundraiser hosted by attorney Precious Anderson (pictured) at her Atlanta home on Wednesday.

Reed told the invited guests that if he is reelected, he plans to hire 750 new police officers.

He also told the intimate gathering that he is going to make sure women feel safer and that people in general feel safer in Atlanta.

Also, he will reopen City Hall where workers will be accessible to the residents of Atlanta.

He also discussed his plan to make more women millionaires through his Women Entrepreneurship Initiative that he started when he was mayor.

Some Atlantans say they hope Reed will make the Katherine Janness case a top priority when he's reelected mayor.

Katherine Janness and her dog, Bowie, were brutally stabbed in Piedmont Park on June 28. Their bodies were discovered by Janness' girlfriend, Emma Clark, about 50 yards inside the 10th Street gate just after 1 a.m.

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"There was a slice on her face, like in an X pattern on her face," said Clark, pictured right. "And there was a deep cut to her throat; it was cut all the way to the bone."

Janness, 40, had been stabbed multiple times and a word was carved into her body.

"It's a very frightening crime," Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis told The Washington Post.

Evidence suggests the killer spent time with the body after the murder.

"And that is strange," Willis said. "Most people commit a murder and want to get the hell away because they don't want to be caught."

Janness' killing stood out among the city's 110 homicides this year. She was Atlanta's first white homicide victim of 2021.

Willis, who started the job in January, faced a daunting backlog of 12,000 arrests from last year that have not resulted in formal charges.

Most of the city's homicides are committed by repeat offenders who were released from jail early due to overcrowding and staffing issues.

The city has convened 2 grand juries to sift through the evidence and return indictments. However, Willis said it could take "years" to clear the backlog of criminal cases.

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Atlanta police held a private chat with a few select journalists to update them on the Piedmont Park murder case on Thursday.

According to CBS46 reporter Hayley Mason, Atlanta police dropped hints that someone close to Katherine Janness may be her killer.

"Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant tells me no one has been ruled out as a suspect in the Piedmont Park murder case. He says the case is still wide open and active. The department has faced challenges accessing video from park cameras and is still working to recover images."


 
READ ALSO: 911 Audio Casts Suspicion on Katherine Janness's girlfriend
 
More details have emerged since the 40-year-old bartender was brutally stabbed while walking her dog, Bowie, in Piedmont Park on July 28.

Police confirmed rumors that a slur was carved into Janness' body and her head was nearly severed during the attack.

Audio of the 911 call placed by Janness' partner, Emma Clark, cast suspicion on her.

Twitter users noted how "calm" Clark sounded during the phone call.

Clark told a bystander, "Did you just see that? That's my f***ing girlfriend."

A GoFundMe account raised more than $70,000 for Clark who has since left Atlanta.

PETA offered $10,000 for information leading to the killer(s), in addition to the $10,000 already offered by the Atlanta Police Department.

The Atlanta City Council approved new cameras in parks following the murder. The investigation is hampered by the lack of functioning cameras in the park that night.
 

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Atlanta police have charged a suspect in the kidnapping and murder of a 27-year-old bartender.

Atlanta police charged DeMarcus Brinkley with murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping and other charges in the death of Mariam Abdulrab.

Abdulrab was seen on surveillance footage being forced into an SUV at gunpoint after arriving at her home in the Chosewood Park neighborhood at 5. a.m. Friday.

The well-liked bartender had just finished working her shift at Revery VR Bar in Midtown Atlanta when she was kidnapped outside her home.

Her body was found four hours later in the area of Lakewood Avenue, according to authorities. A witness called 911 after jotting down the SUV's license plate.

Brinkley, 27, was apprehended by the Georgia State Patrol following a high speed chase that ended when his vehicle crashed into another car on Hill Street in Griffin, Georgia.

He was airlifted to Atlanta's Wellstar Medical Center where his condition is listed as stable.

Two people in the other car were also airlifted to a hospital. Their conditions are unknown.

Brinkley will be transferred to the Fulton County Jail when he is discharged from the hospital, according to AJC.com.

Abdulrab is the second female bartender to die a violent death in Atlanta in the last three weeks.
 
READ ALSO: 911 Audio Casts Suspicion on Katherine Janness’s girlfriend
 
Police have no leads in the brutal stabbing deaths of bartender Katherine Janness, 40, and her dog, Bowie, in Piedmont Park on July 28.

Authorities say the Janess and Abdulrab crimes are unrelated -- as rumors persist of a serial killer on the loose in Atlanta.

Janness' girlfriend, Emma Clark, has since left Atlanta.

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Atlanta police released audio of the 911 call placed by Emma Clark after she found the mutilated body of her life partner, Katherine Janness, in Piedmont Park.

Clark went to look for Janness when the 40-year-old bartender failed to return home after walking their dog, Bowie.

Clark used a mobile app to ping Janness' phone, and she noticed the phone was not moving inside Piedmont Park.

Janness and Bowie were found about 50 yards inside the park after 1 a.m. on July 28.

Atlanta Police released audio to 11Alive News of the 911 call from Clark, who assumed Bowie had been hit by a car.

Then she noticed Janness' body, "maybe 100 feet away" from where Bowie lay dead.

"I ran up to her, I tried to feel for a pulse but it was clear that she was gone," Clark told the 911 dispatcher. "I turned around and I just ran out of the park. It was dark, and I didn't know what was going on. I was terrified and shocked. That's when I called the cops immediately."

But suspicions were raised when Clark seemed to dehumanize Janness during her call to 911.

Speaking to another person at the scene, Clark said, "Did you just see that? That's my f***ing girlfriend."

At another point during the call, Clark told the dispatcher, "Oh my god. Like, she's dead, dead."

Twitter users noted how "calm" Clark sounded, considering the circumstances.

One Twitter user wrote: "ok... did y'all listen to the 911 call from katherine janness's stabbing in piedmont?? why am i suspicious of the gf now."

Atlanta police released photos and videos of six "witnesses" who were in the park that night around the time of Janness' murder.

Police are eager to speak with those witnesses to determine if they saw or heard anything. They are not considered suspects.

At a press conference this week, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms insisted there is no evidence that a serial killer is on the loose in Atlanta.

Listen to the 911 audio below.
 

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Atlanta police released 6 surveillance photos of possible witnesses or a suspect in the Piedmont Park murder case.

Katherine "Katie" Janness, 40, was brutally stabbed along with her dog, Bowie, in Piedmont Park just after midnight Wednesday, July 28.

Her body was found around 1 a.m. by her life partner, Emma Clark, who used a Find My Phone app to ping Janness' phone.

The 6 photos were released at a news conference on Tuesday, Aug. 3. They show 4 people leaving the park through separate gates around the time of Janness' murder.

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Two of the photos shows a Black male wearing a white tank top and grey jogging pants. He is walking with an aluminum offset cane.

A large spot of what appears to be blood is smeared on the right side of his tank top. He is carrying something in his left hand.

The man is seen leaving the park through the gate at 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue at 12:25 a.m., approximately 45 minutes before Janness' body is found.

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Another photo shows two women leaving the park through the gate at Charles Allen Drive and 10th Street, about 100 yards from the spot where Janness and her dog were found.

The same two women are seen in another photo trailing behind a third person talking on a cell phone.

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Police said they would like to speak with the four people in the photographs who may have seen or heard something.

The witnesses/suspects are Black. Three of them appear to be women.

Police insist there is no evidence of a serial killer on the loose in Atlanta.

The FBI is involved in the case. Atlanta police and Crime Stoppers are offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with information.

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Disturbing new details have emerged in the brutal stabbing death of a 40-year-old Atlanta woman.

Katherine "Katie" Janness was brutally stabbed and dismembered inside Piedmont Park while walking her dog Bowie Tuesday evening.

Police say Janness died from multiple stab wounds and parts of her body were missing from the "gruesome" crime scene.

According to a Channel 2 Action News reporter, a homophobic slur was scrawled on Janness' body.

Atlanta police have denied the reporter's claim that the information came from a confidential police source.

Still, the FBI is investigating the case as a possible federal hate crime against a member of the LGBT+ community.

Janness' family is "distraught" over the disturbing new details.

A GoFundMe page raised over $61,000 in donations for Janness' funeral.

Police are not ruling out a serial killer on the loose in Atlanta.

Janness was the second woman killed in Atlanta area parks in 24 hours.

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Tori Lang, 18, was shot to death inside Yellow River Park in Gwinnett County on Tuesday, July 27. Her body was found under a tree around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. There are no suspects in her murder.

A GofundMe set up by Lang's family has raised nearly $10,000 for funeral expenses.

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According to 11Alive News, 43-year-old Patrick Boland, an openly ghey man, was found stabbed to death in Piedmont Park around 1:30 a.m. on May 28, 2009. There were no arrests in his case.

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Atlanta police canvassed Piedmont Park and the surrounding neighborhood on Saturday for clues into the brutal murder of a 40-year-old woman.

Katherine "Katie" Janness was stabbed and dismembered while walking her dog sometime before midnight Tuesday, July 27, in Midtown Atlanta.

Janness' life partner pinged her phone and found Janness' dismembered remains around 1 a.m. Wednesday, about 100 yards inside the Charles Allen Drive entrance to Piedmont Park.

Janness' dog Bowie was also fatally stabbed. The dog's saliva will be analyzed for DNA to help catch the killer.

Joe Clark, the father of Janness' life partner, told 11Alive's Joe Henke on Thursday, "the dog died protecting Katie."

"There is a monster on the loose in the city of Atlanta," Clark said.

The FBI confirmed on Thursday that it was joining the investigation. Neither the APD nor FBI explained why the feds were involved in a local murder case.

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According to police records obtained by 11Alive, the last murder in Piedmont Park was in May 2009. 43-year-old Patrick Boland was found stabbed to death around 1:30 a.m. on May 28, 2009. His killer was never caught.

Investigators are not ruling out a serial killer on the loose in Atlanta. Janness was the second woman killed in an Atlanta area park in 24 hours.

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Tori Lang, 18, was shot to death inside Yellow River Park in Gwinnett County on Tuesday, July 27. Her body was found under a tree around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. There are no suspects in her murder.