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Police: Number of Homicides on the Rise in Boston

Boston Police say 41 people have been killed so far this year



    There’s startling new information about the murder rate in the city of Boston. The police department says there have been 41 homicides so far this year, compared to 32 last year. (Published Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016)

    The number of homicides continues to climb in Boston. Most are happening in one neighborhood — Dorchester.

    The most recent happened on Saturday morning on Normandy Street.

    "I think it starts at home," said Chris Phillips, who lives in Dorchester. "Values are missing. Spirituality. That's something that's missing in the black community."

    Boston Police say so far this year, 41 people have been killed in the city with nearly half happening in Dorchester.

    "All these seem to be where the suspects know each other," said Mayor Marty Walsh on Saturday evening.

    Boston Police say that's what happened in a homicide on Thursday. An argument between two people ended with a man being shot and killed.

    With homicides on the rise, there's the question of who claims responsibility for lowering the number.

    Walsh says it's on both the city and the community.

    "I think that as the city, we can only do so much and the community can only do so much," said Walsh. "I think that when we see shootings go down, it's not just the police department causing the shootings to go down, it's the community working together."

    Walsh said the city has two specific things they can work on. That includes increasing intelligence gathering on the street and cutting off the access to guns.

    "You can't blame it all on one or the other." said Michelle Cho. "I think our people need to get educated about who they are and the community needs to provide more support so these things don't have to happen."

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