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article imageChicago's murder rate rises as New York's falls

By Layne Weiss     Dec 28, 2012 in World
As of Friday, New York City has recorded 414 murders in 2012, so far. This is the city's lowest number of murders in fifty years, mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday.
According to the Gothamist, New York's previous best-record for "lowest murder rate ever" was 471, and that was in 2009.
Mayor Bloomberg was extremely a proud of his city's achievement and commended the hard work and dedication of the NYPD for making New York City "far safer than other major US cities," The AFP reports.
New York's highest-recorded murder rates in 1990 with 2245. The number announced Friday is five times lower.
Meanwhile, as New York celebrated this record-breaking accomplishment, Chicago frustratingly recorded its 500th homicide of the year.
"It's unacceptable," Chicago Police Commissioner Garry McCarthy told Reuters Friday.
In 2011, Chicago recorded 435 murders, the Daily Mail notes.
While the murder rate has spiked in Chicago, homicide rates are generally down in the United States' major cities, The AFP reports.
On Friday afternoon, rapper Talib Kweli tweeted, "500 homicides in Chicago this year, a lot of young people. Hopefully this new gun debate shines light on that situation as well."
Earlier this year, 18-year-old Chicago rapper Lil Jojo was shot down in Chicago. His best friend and fellow rapper JayLoud was gunned down in Chicago on Christmas Day.
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