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July 1, 2013

Homicides down sharply in Philadelphia

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He added, “We’re very thankful for that success, and the lives we save are real.”

At the current pace, the annual homicide figure would be lower than at any time since 1968.

An Inquirer analysis of city homicide figures over the last 50 years found that the midyear results generally mirror the second half of the year.

If that holds true, Philadelphia would conclude 2013 with roughly 250 homicides, a modern-era low that would fulfill Nutter’s 2008 inaugural promise of cutting homicides up to 50 percent from 2007, when 391 people were killed.

Nutter expressed caution.

“We are not taking anything for granted,” he said. “A half year is a half year. It is not a full year. I am very mindful that we still have to get through the summer and fall. We’ll look at this and we’ll smile at the numbers for about five minutes and then get back to work.”

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