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Baltimore 2009 homicides top year-ago figures

Baltimore has topped last year's homicide total.

Police say three slayings over the weekend pushed the homicide count to 235. Last year, the city recorded 234 homicides — the lowest total since 1988.

Even with last year's drop, Baltimore remains one of the nation's most violent big cities, with a rate of nearly 37 slayings per 100,000 residents.

Many of Baltimore's homicides are tied to the illegal drug trade, and the vast majority of the city's murder victims and suspects have criminal records.

Nationwide, the FBI reported a 10 percent drop in murders during the first half of 2009.

Baltimore police note that nonfatal shootings are down by more than 100 compared to this date last year, from 583 to 447.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 29, 2009; 11:59 AM ET
Categories:  Baltimore , Crime Statistics  
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Cool, I knew Baltimore wouldn't let us down. Maybe If Shelia weren't so busy defending against the theft of gift cards intended for the poor, she could turn her attention to the murders. Priorities!

Posted by: iphony | December 29, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

been tracking this and it's been particularly disheartening when DC is about to post a 43 year low in homicides and is running nearly 100 murders lower

let's hope for a better 2010

Posted by: tgt111 | December 30, 2009 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Well it shouldn't suprise anyone should it? I mean if you elect a criminal to lead your city than by all means your city should aspire to be one of the leaders in criminal activity. Stay classy Charm City.

Posted by: 40ozoffreedom | December 30, 2009 7:22 AM | Report abuse

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