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Homicides up in District after half-century low

Wednesday - 1/1/2014, 8:42am  ET

DC police car (WTOP/Kristi King)
Back in 1993, D.C. had 454 homicides. In 2013, the city had 103 homicides, including 12 at the Navy Yard. (WTOP/Kristi King)

WASHINGTON - Annual homicide numbers from the D.C. metro area bring both encouraging and discouraging signs.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, there were 103 killings in the District in 2013. That is a jump when compared to 2012, which saw a half-century low of 88.

Without the Washington Navy Yard shootings, which left 12 victims dead, D.C.'s total would have shown a slight uptick at 91.

Regardless, the numbers are down considerably from the 248 a decade ago and the 454 in 1993.

In Prince George's County, Md., officials are pleased by a drop in crime, according to The Washington Post. The county's homicide figure was 57 at the end of the year, down from 64 in 2012 and the lowest it's been since the 1980s.

Fairfax County, Va. and Montgomery County, Md. each reported nine killings, a slight drop in both jurisdictions, the Post reports.

There were no homicides in 2013 in Arlington County, Va. Alexandria, Va. recorded five this past year after having none in 2012.

It was a tough year for Baltimore. The city saw more than 230 killings, the most in four years.

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