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Homicide locations: With an average of almost one a week, Allen County tied the record in 2013 for homicide totals. While there were two that occurred in the county area, just on the outside edge of the Fort Wayne city limits, most happened on the city's southeast side. Police believe most were tied to guns and gangs.

2013 homicides: Everyone has a story

Editor's note

44 victims in 365 days.

They died by homicide; not cancer, not old age.

In fact, many of them – sadly – were not that old at all; some in their teens or 20s.

Allen County last year tied a record for homicides that was set in 1997. Most of those – typically by gun violence – occurred in Fort Wayne.

The loss of lives. Young lives.

Needlessly.

As we tied a record we hope not to repeat, The Journal Gazette decided to seek out survivors – the relatives or people closest to those who became a statistic in 2013. Their tragic deaths have left unmistakable sadness for someone.

Everyone has a story.

The backgrounds of the 44 victims are varied. Some were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, going about their business but struck by bullets.

Others had criminal histories or suspected involvement in gang or drug activity.

Some had regrettable pasts but were turning their lives around.

All of them left someone to grieve their untimely death.

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