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Homicides decrease in Washington region - Source Washington Post

Posted on Jan 01,2013
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Mark Gail/THE WASHINGTON POST - Prince George’s County Police investigate the fatal shooting of a man and wounding of a 2-year-old on Dec. 19 in Seat Pleasant, Md. Homicides declined in 2012 in Prince George’s and the District.

Source Washington Post

By Allison Klein

WASHINGTON, DC - The number of homicides dropped again last year in the Washington region, including in the District, which grew in population and yet recorded the fewest killings in a half-century.

As of Monday evening, the District had 88 killings in 2012, a milestone for D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, whose long-standing goal has been fewer than 100 homicides. As recently as 2009, the District had 140 killings. In 2011, there were 108.

In Prince George’s County, where crime dropped in nearly every category, there were 63 homicides, down from 97 in 2011, a harkening back to the 1980s, when the county had more farmland than urban centers or upscale subdivisions.

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