Kansas City’s murder count lowest in 42 years

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The number of people murdered in Kansas City in 2014, 77, is a 23 percent reduction from 2013, broke a string of six years with more than 100 killings, and is the lowest total since 1972. Mayor Sly James credited the Kansas City No Violence Alliance, a concerted partnership of local leaders and organizations, modeled on successful programs in other cities, that cracks down on the people and groups identified as the community’s most violent. At the same time it offers social service help to those seeking a way out of a criminal life. Although homicides were down, the number of aggravated assaults with a firearm increased slightly from the previous year.

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