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Number of D.C. Homicides Goes Up for First Time in 5 Years

by Mark Segraves
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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — For the first time since 2008, the number of homicides in the nation’s capital has increased.

As of Dec. 17, the District has recorded 103 murders in 2013. There were 88 homicides in D.C. in 2012.

The 2013 total includes the 12 people killed in the Washington Navy yard shooting. But excluding those deaths the year-to-date total would be 91, three more than in all of 2012 with two weeks still to go this year.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says most violent crimes have decreased, but two categories — including homicides — have seen increased.

“We still have some challenges, we’ve seen an increase in domestic violence and that’s troubling because we’ve seen that go down year after year. A lot of those domestic violence cases are children, so very troubling,” Lanier says.

The domestic violence cases have contributed to the murder rate as well, Lanier says.

“We’ve had four or five children, infants under 4 killed as result of domestic violence so there’s still a lot of work to do,” she says.

Lanier points out that street shootings and gang violence have both decreased.

WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves contributed to this report. Follow Mark on Twitter.

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