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Baltimore: 99 homicides, 6 months

Baltimore police and federal officials say violent crime is still at historic lows in the city despite some high-profile violence over the past month.

There were 99 homicides in the city over the first six months of the year, the lowest total from January to June since 1983. Baltimore has not had fewer than 200 slayings in a year since 1978.

The pace of homicides was slower before Memorial Day weekend, when 12 people were slain.

Nonfatal shootings are flat this year, with 192 over six months. There were 193 in the same period last year.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld say the numbers are no cause for celebration. But Bealefeld says the department can be happy about the potential slayings it prevented by getting gun offenders off the street.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 2, 2010; 7:53 AM ET
Categories:  Baltimore , Homicide  
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Only 100 people lost their lives in six months. And that is something to glorify? Isn't each life precious? Does anyone care about the victims? Why is there so much crime to begin with? What role did guns play? The fact that human lives could be so easily written off shows how dire our sensitivity to human life has become. Sad.

Posted by: lk11 | July 2, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

lk11 - only 100 people losing their lives in 6 months is something to glorify when that is the lowest number who died in 27 years. That's a great sign. Instead of dwelling on the deaths of people we have not met (I'm sure their family and friends will always keep them in their memory), we should be focused on figuring out what caused the drop in deaths and how to keep the trend going down.

Sitting around and lamenting the loss of life is pointless and impractical. Pointing out the moral decrepitude of our times does nothing to prevent further loss of life.

And why be so pessimistic? Why not be happy that 50-60 people (I'm just guessing at that number) weren't killed in those six months? You're quick to point out that people have died, and slow to celebrate the lives of those who haven't. What's wrong with our country when people want to complain and not appreciate what they have?

Posted by: gurureoul | July 2, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

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