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After Years Of Declines, D.C. Homicide Rate Ticks Up

The number of homicides is up this year in the District of Columbia, even excluding the 12 victims of the Washington Navy Yard rampage in September.

Mayor Vincent Gray addressed the issue Wednesday, saying officials are disappointed whenever the homicide rate does not go down.

There have been 103 homicides as of Wednesday, up from 82 at the same time last year. There were 88 homicides in all of 2012, the first time in a half century that the number of homicides in D.C. fell below 100.

This year's total includes the 12 people killed at the Navy Yard on Sept. 16. Gunman Aaron Alexis was killed by police.

Deputy Mayor Paul Quander says without that shooting, the city could potentially have ended 2013 with fewer than 100 homicides.

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