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Detroit homicide rate highest in 20 years

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DETROIT (WKZO) -- Detroit recorded its highest homicide rate in nearly two decades last year.

On Thursday, officials announced the city had 386 homicides in 2012, the highest number since 2007.  Last year, Detroit saw 54 homicides per 100,000 residents, the highest rate since 1993 when the city had 57 homicides per 100,000 residents.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says residents have lost respect for each other and respect for life.  Authorities say the bulk of the killings were the result of gun violence.

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