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Killings up 16 percent in AZ amid nationwide drop

New FBI statistics show that killings in Arizona jumped by about 16 percent last year despite a decrease nationwide.

The FBI’S uniform crime report released Monday shows that there were 409 reported murders and non-negligent manslaughters in the state last year.

That’s compared to 354 such crimes in 2009, a 15.5 percent increase.

Arizona cities that saw significantly more killings include Tucson, which had 35 in 2009, compared to 51 last year. That’s a 46 percent increase.

Nationwide, the FBI reports that murders and non-negligent manslaughters fell by 4.2 percent last year. Violent crime overall dropped by 6 percent, marking the fourth straight year-to-year decline.

Property crime nationwide also was down, falling 2.7 percent.

In Arizona, violent crime overall fell by 3.1 percent, and property crime dropped by 3.7 percent.

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