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Jacksonville's deadly violence rises — but not where you might think

Tex Texin
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Jacksonville experienced a significant dip in its violent crime numbers last year, but hopes that the drop might be a chance to trend in the right direction are dwindling midway through 2022.

Checking in on the homicide data from the first six months of the year, News4JAX records show 79 homicides, of which 67 have been classified as murders so far. Some of the cases are still pending classification, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office homicide database.

During the same time period last year, the city had seen just 67 homicides (54 murders). If previous data holds true, this year’s numbers at the sixth-month mark put Jacksonville on trend for another year with homicides totaling well over 160 by the end of December.

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