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Surge in homicides worries Indianapolis police

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis public safety officials say they’re alarmed by the city’s highest homicide rate in seven years.

Nearly 120 people had died in homicides as of last week. That’s the highest number since 140 people were killed in 2006. It also marks the first time since 2008 that the city has seen more than 100 homicides in a year.

Public Safety Director Troy Riggs tells The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/JE6l0G ) that police also are concerned about violence among young people. About a dozen teens have died in the city this year in homicide-related violence.

Riggs says the pace of killings has decreased from the first four months of the year, and city leaders say Indianapolis is still a safe city.

The bloodiest year in Indianapolis was 1998, when 162 people died.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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