It’s been a busy end to the week for police officers in Ottawa, as two people have been found dead in the city in less than 24 hours. After a man was killed on Thursday night, police are now investigating a second suspected murder, after another man’s body was discovered on Friday evening. Now, Ottawa’s murders in 2019 are on the rise, and the city could be on track for another year of unusually high homicide rates.\nAccording to a report from CTV News Ottawa, the city’s Major Crime Unit discovered a man’s body at around 5 p.m. on Friday night. Police attended the scene at an apartment building on Sidney Street, but the individual was declared dead upon arrival.\nThis comes less than 24 hours after another man was killed on Thursday night. 39-year-old Austin Simon was stabbed on Murray Street, near King Edward Avenue, on the evening of Halloween. He was transported to hospital by Ottawa Paramedics, but later died of his injuries.\nIn several posts on their official Twitter account, police in Ottawa confirmed that they are now investigating both of the suspected homicides.\nHomicide on Murray Street https://t.co/GiVYhHqAmH #ottnews— Ottawa Police (@OttawaPolice) November 1, 2019\nMajor Crime is investigating a homicide on the 0 to 100 block of Sidney St. Officers attended the address at about 5 pm today where they found a man deceased. Updates to follow. Anyone with info call 613-236-1222 x5493 or call @CrimeStoppersOT 1-800-222-8477 #ottnews— Ottawa Police (@OttawaPolice) November 2, 2019\nAfter having an unusually high number of homicides in 2018, Ottawa Police will have been hoping for a slightly quieter 2019.\nHowever, after two murders in just 24 hours, it’s possible that the 2019 total could still exceed last year’s statistics. In 2018, Ottawa city dealt with 17 killings, an increase from 14 murders in 2017.\nHowever, according to CBC News reporter Kimberley Molina, Ottawa has already had 11 homicides in 2019, with two months still to go until the year is up.\nThis is the 11th homicide of the year in Ottawa. Just over a third (four total) have happened in the ByWard Market. #ottnews https://t.co/0f9R39jdqA— Kimberley Molina (@KimberleyMolina) November 1, 2019\nWhile this sounds like a lot, Ottawa still has a comparatively low crime rate when compared with other big Canadian cities.\nIn the same year that Ottawa had an unusually high 17 murders, Toronto had a whopping 142, Montreal had 47 and Vancouver had 44.\nView this post on Instagram REMINDER! Increased officer presence in ByWard Market and Downtown Rideau this long weekend. ~ RAPPEL! Avec la longue fin de semaine, présence policière accrue au marché By et au centre-ville Rideau. A post shared by Ottawa Police Service (@ottawapolice) on Aug 31, 2019 at 9:15am PDT\nPolice in Ottawa continue to investigate Thursday and Friday night’s murders.\nThere have been no arrests at this time.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.