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Homicides decline for the first time in years

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Despite all the difficult news in 2021, there was a positive trend in Jacksonville: The city’s homicide numbers went down significantly for the first time in years.

According to News4JAX data, homicides dropped by 28% from 2020 to 2021, while the number of people shot was down 22%.

Jacksonville reported 128 homicides in 2021. Of those, 106 are considered murders. Last year, the city reported a 23-year peak of 176 homicides, with 141 of those considered murders.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner News4Jax.