Sunday, February 7, 2016

First 6 months end with 116 homicides

City half-year homicide figures are on a record-low pace.

First 6 months end with 116 homicides

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Philadelphia’s homicide count at the midyear point of 2013 has been revised to include the death of a 6-month-old girl and remains on a record-setting pace.

The city ended the first six months of 2013 Sunday with 116 homicides, the lowest half-year number since 1968. If the city continues at this pace through December, it would end the year with the lowest annual total in 45 years, The Inquirer wrote in a Sunday story.

The 116th death was added when the medical examiner ruled Amarianna Gutierrez’s death a homicide.

The infant was unresponsive at 3:10 p.m. June 21 as medics rushed her from the 4800 block of Mulberry Street in East Frankford to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where she was placed on life support, police said. She died three days later.

The Medical Examiner’s Office determined that neurotrauma — a nerve injury — was the cause of death and that the manner of death was homicide, police said Monday. No arrests have been made.

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