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Philadelphia Murder Rate Up Again
 
  by: iradiotom - Philadelphia, PA
started: 12/30/11 8:08 am | updated: 12/30/11 8:08 am
 
In 2011, Philadelphia earned a title that no one is proud of. Murders in the city are up again. Philadelphia has the highest homicide rate of the nation's 10 most populous cities, according to statistics provided by each city's police department. Even worse, fewer murders are getting solved.

Philly.com has reported that with a few days left, Philadelphia's homicide tally stood at 324 Wednesday, including the eight victims allegedly killed in previous years by West Philly abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Last year, 306 people were killed, and the year before, 302.

But despite the jump in homicides this year, city officials prefer to focus on the past. When they compare numbers, they go back to 2007, when murders in Philly were at the five-year high of 392. Looking at it that way, they get a 17 percent decrease in the murder rate from 2007 to 2011.

Police spokesman Lt. Raymond Evers said the department compares this year's tally with 2007's to see long-range trends. "It's hard to get a trend between two years," he said.
 
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