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With More Than A Month Left in 2013, Jax Homicides Hit 2011 High

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With about seven weeks left in 2013, Jacksonville has seen as many murders as were committed in the city in 2011, and only 18 fewer than all of last year.

That's according to statistics from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office crime mapping program, which lists 76 homicides in the city as of November 10.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement statistics show 76 homicides committed in Duval County in 2011; there were 94 homicides in 2012. 

Jacksonville has led the state in murders per capita for every year in the 21st century with the exception 0f 2010, when Miami was in the top spot.

According to the JSO mapping statistics at least 33 of the murders committed thus far this year are still unsolved.

The cases include the Aug. 10 shootings of teenagers Jazmine Shelton and Megan Simmons, and last week's fatal shooting of two men and two women in Murray Hill.

Aggravated assaults are also on the rise — JSO statistics show 2,267 aggravated assaults as of Nov. 10. There were only 1,601 aggravated assaults in Duval County in 2012 according to the FDLE.

You can follow Patrick Donges on Twitter @patrickhdonges.

CORRECTION: A previously published version of this story incorrectly referred to cold cases in reference to recent unsolved murders.