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Puerto Rico's homicide rate climbs to 802

Puerto Rico's homicide rate climbs to 802

Police say weekend killings in Puerto Rico have pushed this U.S. territory's annual homicide rate above 800 victims for the first time in more than a decade.
Authorities say in a Sunday statement that the bodies of two of the victims were found on Sunday and three others on Saturday.
The most recent violence brings the homicide rate for this year to 802. The deadliest year on record is 1996, when 868 violent deaths were recorded on this island of nearly 4 million inhabitants.
In 2007, the high violent crime rate in the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan led the U.S. Justice Department to dispatch additional teams of federal agents to combat gangs. But the homicide rate continues to soar in the densely populated city.


Updated : 2021-06-16 22:45 GMT+08:00