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City's homicide total surpasses last year

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Through Thanksgiving, there were 354 homicides committed in Detroit, according to the city's website. Police reported that Detroit had 344 homicides for all of 2011.

"It seems like every time I look at the news, someone has been killed," said Delores McQueen-Miller, 62, whose son was one of this year's murder victims.

Jawan McQueen, 47, had parked his cab outside a gas station on Detroit's east side in October when two men apparently tried to rob him. A gunfight ensued, and McQueen was shot to death.

With just over 700,000 residents, Detroit is among the nation's leaders in homicide rates. It earned the nickname "Murder City" after more than 700 homicides were committed there in 1974.

Two years ago, the city reported 309 murders, according to the Michigan State Police Uniform Crime Report. That followed 364 murders reported in 2009 and 327 in 2008.

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