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Detroit murder rate rising.


Not even High School Reunions are safe.

From Detroit News…

Homicides in the city of Detroit are up 15 percent from the same time last year and are on pace to reach the highest per-capita rates in a decade when the city’s declining population is factored into the equation.

According to police, the city has logged 182 homicides as of July 10. If the projections hold, the city could record 350 homicides this year.

That compares with the 366 homicides recorded in 2003.

But at that time, Detroit had at least another 205,000 people than today. The population has dropped 25 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the U.S. census, with additional declines projected.

Last year, homicides dipped to 310, down from 379 in 2009.

Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee attributed some of the violence to the usual struggles facing urban areas — narcotics and gang activities. But what’s troublesome this year, he said, is how people are resorting more to firearms in quarrels, and the number of victims of their own “risky behavior.”

And the brutal nature of the crimes is chilling, like the death of a young girl whose charred remains were found in an abandoned home early Sunday.

“Nothing justifies a person losing their life,” the chief said, noting that most of the homicides are not the result of “random acts of violence.”

Violence has gotten so bad that the Detroit Public Schools are working on a security plan for class reunions after two people were shot June 26 at a MacKenzie High School reunion picnic. Five people were shot July 10 at a Cooley High School reunion. No one was killed in the incidents.