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New Orleans may be US murder capital again
(Xinhua)Updated: 2008-01-03 19:27
BEIJING -- The bloodiest city in the United States in 2007 may be New Orleans again, since the city recorded a total of 209 murders in the year.
The murder capital in the country in 2006, reeling from crime in its struggle to recover from Hurricane Katrina, got even worse in 2007 -- 48 more than in 2006 or a nearly 30 percent increase.
The FBI's rankings for 2007 will not be out until much later in the year, but according to media reports a real homicide rate may be 63.5 per 100,000 residents in New Orleans.
The other notoriously bloody cities include Gary, Ind., 48.3 and Detroit, 47.1.
"You'd hear the pow-pow-pow. You know, 'Okay, that's fireworks.' Then you hear, pop-pop-pop-pop. That's gunfire. To show you how sick it's gotten, my wife and I laid down in bed with our window open last night, saying, 'Okay, that's fireworks. Okay, that's gunfire,'" said Rev. Bill Terry of St. Anna's Episcopal Church.
Terry spent the year logging the names of New Orleans murder victims outside St. Anna's Episcopal Church.
He noticed a pattern among the 200-plus murder victims from 2007; one after another was shot.
New Orleans police acknowledge the high numbers and pledge to aggressively pursue killers. The killings are drug-related or retaliatory for the most part, the police add.
At least it's keeping the brand out there. Made in New Orleans.
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