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Posted: Saturday, 13 July 2013 6:27AM

Jefferson murder rate up 67 percent from 2012

The latest crime report from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office shows the murder rate is up almost 67 percent so far this year.

There have been 20 murders in the first six months of 2013, compared to 12 murders during the same period last year.

"What we have recognized is that 14 of the 20 murders for sure were relational," Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand told WWL-TV. "The victim and the suspect know each other."

In 2012, Normand says Jefferson Parish had the lowest crime rate since 1974. And, although the murder rate is up so far this year, the overall crime rate throughout the parish is down 3.5 percent.

Up until last year, the lowest overall crime rate in the parish was in 2006. However, that year the murder rate was the highest since 1974.

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