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Detroit's 2014 homicide total could be lowest in decades

Jan 4, 2015

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Detroit may have wrapped up 2014 with the fewest number of homicides in decades.

The end-of-year crime data is still preliminary.

But Detroit police officials say the official homicide tally for 2014 stands at 300 right now—though several more people were killed in the final week of the year.

The city recorded 308 homicides in 2010. If last year’s number stays below that, it will mean Detroit saw fewer total murders last year than in any year since the 1960s.

But while the city can now boast of a multi-year downward trend in murders, it remains easily one of the nation’s most violent per-capita.

A Detroit police spokesperson says final crime numbers should be released this week.