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Mirroring a national trend, the number of homicides in Marion County held at near-record lows for the fourth straight year.

That gives police optimism that slayings could be reduced even more in the years ahead.

“I think we’ve done a good job approaching violence as a public health crisis,” said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Rick Hite. “We can do better if we convince the public of that and continue to partner with the private sector.”

Marion County had 112 homicides last year, 108 of them in Indianapolis. Lawrence had two killings, Speedway one and Cumberland one.

Indianapolis recorded 108 homicides in 2011, 110 in 2010, and 102 in 2009.

Indianapolis police said 94 of the killings were considered criminal homicides, or murder, while the rest were self-defense, police shootings and other justifiable homicides.

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Source: Indianapolis Star

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