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Homicides Up 31% in Milwaukee, Below 25-Year Average


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - The number of homicides in Milwaukee was up 31 percent in 2010, but still below a 25-year average.

94 people were killed in Wisconsin's biggest city last year. Milwaukee's increase compares to a national trend where murder and overall crime figures are on the decline.

Homicide is the only crime among the 8 major violent and property crimes measured by the FBI that did go up in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn points to domestic disputes or arguments that escalated to violence this year. In addition, there were five cases in 2010 that involved multiple homicide victims, accounting for 12 of the 94 murders in the city.